Parents of students at a Connecticut high school were not happy after learning of an unannounced Ivanka Trump school visit. The First (Lady) Daughter was scheduled to meet with students at Norwalk Early College Academy on Norwalk, Connecticut on Monday. But parents say they weren’t told about the visit in advance. And some parents weren’t exactly thrilled by her visit.
The unannounced Ivanka Trump school visit was a chance for Ivanka to discuss the important of career education. However, given the current political climate and controversy that seems to follow the First Family, some parents did not want their kids to be present for her talk.
Parents who don’t agree with the president’s* agenda chose to pull their kids from class during her visit. Karey Fitzgerald told News12 Connecticut, “This should have been brought to our attention, although I do understand security reasons. I think we should have had the choice to send our child to school or keep them home.”
IBM CEO Ginni Rometty joined Trump during the visit. IBM developed the academic model being used by the Norwalk Early College Academy.
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The NECA program is part of Norwalk High School, a public school in Connecticut. The Trump administration has proposed over $9 billion in cuts to education spending as part of it’s 2018 fiscal budget. The cuts would have devastating effects on teacher training, class size, literacy programs, and enrichment programs across the country.
While career education is incredibly important, perhaps Ivanka could have used her time to explain to students what would happen to their incredible program if her dad gets his way.
Students in the NECA program earn a high school and associates degree in software engineering and mobile development. Of course, the federal budget proposal eliminates student loan assistance, so hopefully they can use their degrees right out of high school and not see a need to continue their education.
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