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Children deserve asylum from failing schools

Empower Wisconsin | Nov. 1, 2019

By Deborah Jordahl

Deborah Jordahl

MADISON — Democrat presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren seems more concerned about illegal immigrants and prisoners who say they are trapped in their own bodies than poor minority children trapped in violent neighborhoods and failing schools. 

Warren made that abundantly clear last week when she stood shoulder to shoulder with the Chicago teacher’s union and their demand for a whopping 15 percent raise over three years. 

“Everyone in America should support you in this strike,” Warren proclaimed.

Days earlier, Warren and Wisconsin’s own U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D) Madison, wrote a letter demanding the Department of Homeland Security grant asylum to transgender migrants, including those who cross the border illegally. 

“The United States should protect individuals fleeing persecution and targeted violence, including persecution based on gender identity or expression — not subject them to further harm,” the pair wrote. “We also call for DHS to use its discretion to release members of vulnerable populations, including transgender detainees.”

Warren previously announced her plan for taxpayer-funded transition surgery for gender dysphoric prisoners. 

Meanwhile, children in America’s most gang-infested city have no place to go as the union backed teachers strike entered its eleventh day. Thursday the union reached an agreement with the city and classes will resume Friday. 

Sadly, for many of these children, returning to their public-school classroom is unlikely to change the trajectory of their lives, no matter how high a ransom Chicago pays the union. 

The Illinois Policy Institute reports, “75 percent of students at Chicago’s lowest-performing elementary schools failed to meet standards on the Illinois Standard Achievement Test, which measures basic competence in reading and math“ and “95 percent of juniors at Chicago’s lowest-performing high schools failed to meet standards on the Prairie State Achievement Exam, meaning they can only draw simple conclusions from reading assignments and have trouble interpreting basic algebra.

The institute also reports the nearly 60 percent of college-educated Chicago workers make less than the median Chicago teacher salary of $75,000,” according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and Warren wants to push that number to nearly $100,000.

If you’re hoping Warren will demonstrate as much compassion for families trapped in poor urban hell holes like Chicago as she has public employee unions and for transgender migrants, forget about it. Warren’s new education plan would end parental school choice for low-income families and limit the creation of innovative charter schools. 

Warren says, “Every kid in America should have the same access to a high-quality public education — no matter where they live, the color of their skin, or how much money their parents make,” but she doesn’t mean it.

Under President Elizabeth Warren, there’ll be no asylum for U.S. children who suffer “persecution and targeted violence” in their own neighborhoods every day.

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