Parents upset over Ivanka Trump’s surprise school visit

Parents upset over Ivanka Trump’s surprise school visit
Some parents are upset by Ivanka Trump's surprise visit at a Connecticut school. "I think we should have had the choice to send our child to school or keep them home," said one parent. (Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

Senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump’s unannounced, surprise visit to a Norwalk, Connecticut, high school apparently ruffled the feathers of some parents.

Why was Trump there?

Trump, along with IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, visited the Norwalk Early College Academy to speak with “high-achieving” students, according to the Hartford Courant.

The academy operates under the “P-TECH” model, an IBM-developed method that launched in 2011 in which high school students can receive an associate’s degree and develop technical skills in addition to a high school diploma.

According to The Hour, Trump, during her visit, said, “The administration is committed to supporting and expanding public-private partnerships such as this one to enable all Americans to reach their full economic potential and thrive in our modern economy.”

In a Monday post on Facebook, Trump wrote, “Great visit to Norwalk Early College Academy today with IBM CEO Ginni Rometty.”

“PTECH schools equip high school students with skills training in #STEM and Computer Science, enabling them to thrive in our modern economy,” Trump continued. “It was an honor to meet so many bright and talented students!”

What was a parent’s reaction?

According to WRAL-TV, one parent identified as Karey Fitzgerald explained that despite security risks, parents should have had the choice of whether to pull their child out of school for Trump’s visit.

“This should have been brought to our attention, although I do understand security reasons,” Fitzgerald said. “I think we should have had the choice to send our child to school or keep them home.”

WRAL reported that some parents even pulled their children from class on Monday, and said that they were unhappy that they weren’t notified Trump would be paying a visit to the school.

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