As we reported yesterday, San Diego public school teachers are going to be providing in-person instruction to migrant children who entered illegally at the San Diego Convention Center. “The educational program will include English language development and social-emotional learning opportunities,” an SDUSD spokesperson said. “All children in California, regardless of immigration status, have a constitutional right to education. We also have a moral obligation to ensure a bright future for our children.”
How nice. Except they haven’t been providing that in-person learning to San Diego children or ensuring their “bright future,” for about a year.
Lawmakers and parents were mad, after pushing for so long to have schools reopened, according to Fox.
“We have 130,000 kids who haven’t been allowed in a classroom for over a year in the San Diego Unified School District. It’s great that there’s in-person learning for those unaccompanied minors from Central America, but I wish every child in San Diego County was allowed the same opportunity for in-person teaching,” San Diego County Supervisor Jim Desmond told Fox News.
“For more than a year, parents and students in San Diego County have waited for educators to answer one question: When will our schools reopen with in-person instruction only? And for a year, they’ve been told to wait,” Rep. Darrell Issa, R-CA, told Fox News. “The decision to provide in-person instruction to illegal migrants is outrageous and parents have every right to be angry.”
An SDUSD parent, Emily Diaz, told Fox News that “the system is broken when San Diego teachers are teaching migrant children in person, but the 100k students of taxpaying families at San Diego Unified School District are stuck learning in Zoom school.”
“We agree that every child deserves an in-person education, but why are taxpaying students put last? If this is a humanitarian issue then who is rescuing San Diego Unified students, because our leaders have failed them,” Diaz added.
When the White House was grilled about this seeming contradiction, Jen Psaki appeared to defend it, claiming that “context is important.” Check out this stumbling response.
Psaki defends in person schooling for migrants in San Diego while residents of San Diego aren’t allowed to go to school in person. pic.twitter.com/Z5pHmyoEZU
— The First (@TheFirstonTV) March 30, 2021
As I understand it, San Diego public schools are opening in early April,’ she said. ‘Students will be back in the classroom - part time - and certainly you know our objective from the White House - five days a week for the majority of schools across the country.’
‘I believe they’re also on spring break right now. I am not sure if it’s volunteer, or paid, you’d have to ask a local school district, while the kids are on spring break, which, I think, the context is pretty important.’
Translation: Why are you disturbed about that? The government will get around to teaching your kids eventually, albeit still only teaching in a hybrid situation. And we mean well, our goal, to ultimately have kids in school for five days a week, is a great goal!
She really takes the cake. Yes, context is important and the context is that your fumbling, bumbling approach and caving to the teacher’s unions is continuing to hurt our kids.