In 2017, a Facebook Live video has Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, before being elected to Congress, bragging of getting her goddaughter into a charter school in New York.
Ocasio-Cortez was communicating with her followers on social media while walking around Hunts Point Avenue in the Bronx
At one point AOC said “This area’s like a lot of where my family is from. My goddaughter, I got her into a charter school like maybe a block or two down.”
The Democratic party, AOC is a member of, is against charter schools which prompted The New York Post to begin the story on the video with the words, “Good for me, but not for thee.”
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“Embracing charters would be a big no-no for Ocasio-Cortez’s Democratic socialist base, which calls for the total abolition of charters, arguing that their existence hurts traditional public schools,” Jon Levine, writing for The Post, said.
“Charter schools act as tools for privatizing education and weakening the power of unionized teachers,” the New York City Democratic Socialists said in their education platform, while also calling to “end the creation of new charter schools, ban the expansion of existing charter schools, and transform existing charter schools into public schools.”
Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos called out Ocasio-Cortez on her hypocrisy in a tweet citing The Post’s story.
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“How nice that @AOC claims to have helped her goddaughter get into a public charter school.
It’s a shame she works to deny that opportunity to every other disadvantaged family in America,” DeVos, who along with President Donald Trump, is a vocal advocate of school choice.
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“I do know there are over one million families on wait lists for charters schools,” DeVos told Columnist Cal Thomas in an article published by Fox News last week.”
I imagine there is close to that number who would opt to do something different if they had the opportunity.”
Ocasio-Cortez cheered on a teachers’ strike last year in Los Angeles, calling it “inspiring” that it was “a historic strike to improve + protect local public schools from privatization.”
Tens of thousands of LA public school teachers, parents, and students are on a historic strike to improve + protect local public schools from privatization.
This is inspiring!
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 18, 2019