Elizabeth Warren called out by #SchoolChoice Parents at Rally

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) was called out for her attacks on charter schools and her anti-school choice stance by a group of moms and dads at a recent campaign stop.

Powerful Parent Network Chant - 2019 Warren Rally

Media reported the protesters chanting “we want to be heard,” at the rally held a Clark Atlanta University, a historically black college.

Listening carefully, the protesters, which are minority parents, were chanting “Our children, our choice.”

Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), known for being a member of the controversial “Squad,” introduced Warren and at one point came on stage in an attempt to calm the crowd and protesters.

“No one is here to quiet you. You are welcome here,” Pressley said. The senator is here to talk about the contributions fighters like you have made to history, so in this moment…there are many people that do not know this story because we have been rendered as a historical footnote in history.”

Pressley added, “So… I am going to appeal to you to not dishonor that history.”

Warren’s supporters shouted down the group by chanting, “Warren! Warren!”

The protesting parents are affiliated with the Powerful Parent Network and were wearing matching t-shirts bearing the group’s name. The group came out to protest Warren’s education platform, which attacks school choice and, in particular, calls for a ban on charter schools and slashing tax credits and vouchers.

“The blueprint sounds like it came straight from the teachers’ union playbook: It calls for boosts in funding to government-run schools and more red tape for their competition,” writes Corey DeAngelis, director of school choice at Reason Foundation and an adjunct scholar at Cato Institute, in a recent NY Post article titled “Warren’s ginormous school choice hypocrisy.

DeAngelis is not wrong.

Neither is Chris Stewart who wrote back in October about Warren’s plan, “For unions, this must feel like Christmas. For Democratic school reformers, Pearl Harbor.”

Warren’s $800 billion education plan coincides with teacher union endorsements and the likelihood of some hefty campaign contributions.

Warren’s plan says that the nation must “stop the privatization and corruption of our public education system.” This is the exact same rhetoric being used in North Carolina by groups such as left-leaning nonprofits like Public Schools First NC and their Democrat-tied partners, the NC Justice Center and NEA affiliate, the NCAE.

Members of the Powerful Parent Network were filmed confronting Warren about her anti-charter school position and Warren was caught lying about her children both being sent to public school for their K-12 education.

Washington Free Beacon reported:

“We are going to have the same choice that you had for your kids because I read that your children went to private schools,” Carpenter told Warren when the two met, according to video posted to social media, which was first identified by Corey DeAngelis, director of school choice at Reason Foundation.

Warren denied the claim, telling Carpenter, “My children went to public schools.”

DeAngelis posted a clip on Twitter of the exact moment the exchange happened.

Warren’s son, Alex, was sent to a nearly $17,000 dollar a year private school in Texas after 5th grade.

As the Free Beacon article notes, Warren’s son is “helped design and maintain a database the Massachusetts senator used for Warren’s book, The Two-Income Trap.”

Warren and her campaign continue to assert that Warren was never in favor of vouchers, yet The Two-Income Trap included a section that specifically supported vouchers.

“Fully funded vouchers would relieve parents from the terrible choice of leaving their kids in lousy schools or bankrupting themselves to escape those schools,” Warren wrote in the book.

Warren said to one of the Powerful Parent Network activists about her education plan, “If I don’t have the pieces right, I’ll go back and read it.”

Perhaps Warren should start by re-reading her own book.

About A.P. Dillon

A.P. Dillon is a freelance journalist and is currently writing at The North State Journal. She resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Find her on Twitter: @APDillon_
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1 Response to Elizabeth Warren called out by #SchoolChoice Parents at Rally

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