Right-wing media giant Fox News has turned its attention to San Diego, accusing the county Office of Education of “borderline insanity’ in allowing teachers to volunteer to instruct migrant girls sheltering in the downtown convention center.
In what it termed an “exclusive” report, the cable news channel on Wednesday said “outrage over in-person teaching for migrants grows” in a lengthy article on its website.
A second article suggested that instructing migrant kids in person is “proof of California ‘education crisis.'”
The county Office of Education announced Monday plans to provide an estimated 1,450 teen girls with in-person education during the 14 to 30 days they are sheltered at the convention center.
State law mandates that all children in California receive education regardless of their immigration status or their detention in government facilities.
“We want to instill hope, instill joy, and show care for our students while they are with us, no matter if that’s for a few days or a few months,” said county Superintendent of Education Paul Gothold.
Fox said the effort is an outrage because most San Diego-area students will not return for in-person classes until April 12.
However, the schools operated by the county Office of Education are in fact already teaching in person.
The network also quoted parents as expressing concern that teachers involved with the migrants could contract COVID-19 and then expose local students.
On Monday Rep. Darrell Issa, a Republican who represents East County, also criticized in-person classes for migrants.
“The decision to provide in-person instruction to illegal migrants is outrageous and parents have every right to be angry,” said Issa,
After the Fox News report on Wednesday, Issa amplified his criticism, accusing local officials of intentionally misleading San Diegans.
“San Diego school officials have an obligation to fully explain how this deal developed, how many instructors will be involved, what services will be provided, what compensation will be exchanged, and for how long,” he said in a statement.
Updated at 9:10 a.m., Thursday, April 1, 2021