Teachers from the San Diego Unified School District will be offering in-person instruction to migrant children even though students in the school district are still languishing in remote learning video calls.
San Diego students have been out of the classroom, with teachers unions refusing to return to work, for over a year. There is hardly an end in sight.
Parents with children in the SDUSD expressed outrage after learning illegal immigrants will get to have an actual education though district students continue to suffer under lockdown restrictions.
According to San Diego Supervisor Jim Desmond, teachers with the district were offered to volunteer teaching migrant children in-person during the district's spring break this week. It's unclear if they were offered compensation, Fox News reported.
"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. 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," an SDCOE spokesperson told Fox News in a statement.
"The educational program will include English language development and social-emotional learning opportunities. The teachers who are participating in the program are doing so voluntarily, and the program is following a COVID-19 screening protocol based on guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention," the statement continued.
Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) criticized SDSUD for offering in-person learning to non-citizens before their own, saying "Parents have every right to be angry."
"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. Issa told Fox News.
"The decision to provide in-person instruction to illegal migrants is outrageous and parents have every right to be angry."
"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, an SDUSD parent.
"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 continued.
"We are begging Newsom and the US Department of Education, where our superintendent is going—rescue us! This is an SOS. They must mandate 5 days of in person learning for all students," Diaz said.
"Fourteen percent of our district are students with disabilities and 23 percent are English Language Learners. San Diego Unified took in millions of dollars in relief funding to bring them back at the beginning of the school year but only 6000 are in-person today and we have no idea how that money was used," she added. "What is happening right now is immoral."
According to the SDUSD website, the school district will be moving to a hybrid model on April 12 where they will be offering a mix of in-person learning and remote learning.