AOC Gives Ammo To School-Choice And Standardized Test Advocates

Townhall | 3/23/2019 | Staff
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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez starred in a Jackson Heights town hall meeting on Saturday. While it was formally organized by Jackson Heights People for Public Schools, AOC was the highlight and the reason most attendees showed up. As expected, many radical progressive proposals were presented, e.g., stop suspensions, eliminate standardized testing, remove white teachers, but for the most part, they were not proposed by Ocasio-Cortez.

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At the meeting, speaking about her own education, Ocasio-Cortez recounted that when she was about to start school at the age of five, her family decided the schools in her Bronx neighborhood were bad and they did not want to send her to them. Her family pooled their money so they could buy a house in Westchester, where she could attend better schools. In the 1960s and 70s, many New York City families did the same thing as the Ocasio-Cortezes and it was dubbed “White Flight.”

Hearing this story amidst all these progressive education advocates begs a question: Why is it that when Ocasio-Cortez’s family felt the schools in their neighborhood were bad and they fled to the suburbs, that's okay, but when Asian immigrants who do not have the means to do what Ocasio-Cortez’s family did instead have their children work hard to gain admission to a Specialized High School, progressives want to deny them this opportunity?

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Ocasio-Cortez discussed her experiences attending school in Westchester. She said at her school she was the only student who “looked like her." She explained that because of this, she was subject to discrimination by the teachers and administration of the school. The school wanted to label her learning disabled, but fortunately, she was saved because she was given...
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