Teachers from San Diego Unified School District are teaching illegal immigrant children in-person before their own students, Fox News reports.
San Diego students are currently only learning in an online format and are expected to move towards in-person instruction on April 12th. Students will be instructed using a hybrid-learning model that would split instruction time between online and in person.
“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,” said San Diego County Supervisor Jim Desmond to 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,” said Emily Diaz, a parent of a San Diego student.
“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,” added Diaz.
“The San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) is providing the educational program for the unaccompanied migrant children who will be staying at the San Diego Convention Center through July,” said a San Diego Unified School District spokesperson to Fox News. “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.”
“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,” said Republican Congressman Darrell Issa.