San Diego teachers teaching migrant children in person while district’s students still virtual

Parents of students in the San Diego Unified School District were understandably outraged to learn this week that teachers in the district were delivering in-person instruction to migrant children staying at the San Diego Convention Center while students in the district are still learning virtually at home.

The district has plans to move to a hybrid learning model on April 12, which typically means two days of in-person instruction for each student with the other days remaining at home for virtual instruction. Half of the students report for in person instruction at any given time.

Students are currently on spring break in the district, which gives teachers the chance to work with the migrant children.

The backlash

“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.

“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,” SDUSD parent Emily Diaz told Fox News in an email.

“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. She is pushing the school district to return students to the classroom full time.

It wasn’t clear whether the teachers were getting paid to teach migrant children or whether they had volunteered to do so. Conditions in migrant facilities are reportedly overcrowded, and the children have been testing positive for COVID-19 at a rate about six times higher than the surrounding community.

Psaki fumbles to answer questions

The hypocrisy inherent in putting migrant children before your own school district’s students did not go unnoticed at White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki’s briefing on Tuesday.

When asked about the situation, Psaki only said that “context” was important and that the school district students would be returning to classrooms soon, at least part time.

The San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) confirmed that teachers were volunteering to teach the migrant children during spring break and defended the program, saying, “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.”

Rep. Daryl Issa (R-CA) was not satisfied with that answer. “The decision to provide in-person instruction to illegal migrants is outrageous and parents have every right to be angry,” he said.

Issa is not wrong; the SDUSD has an obligation to provide equitable education to all students and to serve the taxpaying families of the district before illegal immigrant children. The way Biden’s policies are going, those children will be in the classroom soon enough anyway.

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  4. 1. Comparing American Students to Immigrant Children in US custody – that do not have their freedom, like Americans is ludicrous, insane.
    2. Teachers Volunteering to teach children during their spring break vacation is teachers exercising their freedom to do what they please with their off time.
    3. To use the terms Tax paying parents cannot get in person but immigrant kids do is a total manipulation/fabrication of information that the authors should be ashamed of. The last year cannot be compared to now.
    4. This story – one parents manipulation/confusion does not a ‘pushback’ make.

    1. You obviously are a liberal hack that wants millions of diseased immigrants in our streets. Regardless of what your illegitimate president says, they are criminals. Every country needs (and does except the US) to enforce border control and these people crossed a border that they know is not their own.

    2. Mr. Davis – I disagree with part of your comment. While teachers are free to do as they may do their time off, the fact that they are exposing themselves to children that have tested positive to COVID-19 doesn’t make sense. Especially sense the Teacher’s Union doesn’t want to open schools because it would expose the teachers to students who may have COVID-19 and make them sick. That was the whole reason for closing schools in the first place. So now, they are “volunteering” to go teach migrant children with known positive COVID-19. Really? Volunteering?

  5. I disagree with Dennis G Davis! First it did not say that the teachers were “volunteering” their time, it said that it was unclear if they were or not. It also made a point of saying that the problem was not that the migrant children were being given school, but that the children of taxpaying citizens should be given the same opportunity to have the option of in person learning if the parents want it (which most do). It also made a point of saying that the migrants were testing positive for Covid at a much higher rate. IF the teachers are so concerned about “safety” which is the line all parents are being given. Then why would they put themselves at risk? And why wouldn’t they want to do it for ALL children? And the story was not about ONE parent’s manipulation or confusion. It is about the CHILDREN who have been suffering with no school for the past year! Which is what is has always been about! Talk about one person trying to manipulate a story!

    1. Deplorable Lanie, you are 100% correct, and Dennis G. Davis either has a reading comprehension problem or (as is typical of liberals) chooses not to see things as they really are! In this case, the concerns of taxpaying, legal citizens should be addressed first! They want their children back in school!
      Also, all the illegals should be deported. Monies should be spent on legal citizens (of all ages and ethnicities).

  6. This is ridiculous.WHY ARE OUR AMERICAN CHILDREN FORGOTTEN BIDEN? WHILE YOU TEACH CHILDREN COMING OVER THE BORDER OUR CHILDREN SUFFER. STOP BIDEN. STOP allowing the death of America. That is what all you dems. are doing. You will pay dearly in the end. Know it Biden. WE dislike you and too Jill.

  7. To quote Thomas Jefferson as an attachment to this or any other similar article is an affront this great forefather and to all patriotic Americans living today who know that America is not really free and our freedoms are disappearing every day. We have lost our control of the education of our children , the ability to protect our borders from invasion , our right to honest elections , the ability to prosecute crooked thieving politicians and members of their families , the control of our nation’s secrets by mishandling sensitive information by people in high office (without consequences) and a general disrespect for all that have fought and died for this country is incomprehensible to most Americans. When one of the 2 main political parties has lost it’s way and is now following a path that is led by the likes of George Soros , what can the eventual outcome of our proud country?
    May God save the United States America!

  8. Education is very important. I was a school teacher myself for many years. Regardless of that, our biggest concern right now should be fixing our election system. Apparently the only way to get rid of these people that are destroying our country is to vote them out. With all elections rigged, that will never happen. As soon as we figure out how to get control of the House and the Senate, we can impeach sleepy Joe and his worthless V. P. That election is in 2022 and we can make it happen in just 17 months. At that point, the speaker of the house takes over.

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