Ivanka Trump Surprises Norwalk School But Parents Pull Their Kids From Class

An unannounced school visit by first daughter Ivanka Trump, intended to be a pleasant surprise, wound up causing some anti-Donald-Trump parents to pull their kids from class.

Ivanka spent Monday morning at the Norwalk Early College Academy in Connecticut talking about the importance of education in the sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics. The first daughter’s visit to the academy was part of her tour pushing for STEM and computer science education in classrooms.

"To see the passion and enthusiasm for bringing real-life skills into a classroom environment, but then coupling it with real-life experience through internship, creates this really beautiful virtuous angle," she said, according to News 12 Connecticut.

But some parents who oppose her father yanked their children from class. They said they received little information about Ivanka’s visit, possibly due to security concerns.

"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,” Karey Fitzgerald, a Norwalk parent, told the news channel.

An alumna of the academy, Monica Mercuri, also disapproved of Ivanka's visit to her alma mater. "Hope the diversity of our students and our large immigrant population doesn't scare her away!" she tweeted.

Ivanka’s Twitter account on Monday afternoon did not reflect any awareness of or concern about the parents’ actions.

“It was an honor to meet so many bright and talented students!” she tweeted along with several pictures of her visit, including a group photo with smiling students and staff.

IBM CEO Ginni Rometty joined Ivanka in the visit to the academy, a Norwalk High School program that gives students the opportunity to earn a high school diploma, as well as an associate degree in software engineering and mobile programming, in four years. IBM created the academic model the program is built around.

Ivanka has reportedly made STEM education and computer science a priority within the Trump administration. She influenced the president to direct the Education Department in September to invest at least $200 million a year into expanding those areas.

She has focused her efforts on getting more girls interested in computer sciences. During a visit to Middleburg Community Charter School in Virginia, she said, “Right now, girls only make up 22 percent of the computer science field. But we're going to change that, right, ladies?"

 

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