San Diego school teachers will be offering in-person instruction to migrant children at the border while regular students in their district remain stuck in virtual learning.
From Fox News:
Teachers from San Diego Unified School District are teaching migrant children in person before their own students, Fox News has learned.
SDUSD students are currently learning in an online-only format and are expected to move into a hybrid model on April 12, where they will be learning in a combination of in-person and online formats, according to the school district’s website.
San Diego County Office of Education said in a statement that the “unaccompanied migrant children who will be staying at the San Diego Convention Center” have a “constitutional right to education,” noting it had a “moral obligation to ensure a bright future for our children.”
Evidently, that moral obligation does not extend to the current students of the district, a fact not lost on critics of the move:
“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.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, some parents were also less than thrilled with the announcement:
“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,” Emily Diaz, an SDUSD parent, 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.
Meanwhile, San Diego’s union bosses have been in a heated battle with the district over several demands that must be met if it is to return its teachers to the classroom. Despite being without in-person instruction for over a year, the Union has made clear that the April 12 start date currently being planned is “not set in stone.”
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