“Marten’s refusal to set a timeline for schools to reopen is in direct contradiction with Biden, who has vowed to have schools reopen within the first hundred days of his presidency.”
During the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the biggest hot-button issues has been the closure of schools. While some states such as Florida reopened schools months ago, others have remained shut, often at the behest of teacher unions.
Biden’s pick for deputy secretary of education is Cindy Marten, the superintendent of schools in San Diego. She is on the side of unions and closure.
Matthew Foldi reports at the Washington Free Beacon:
Biden Education Pick Is Leading Opponent of Return to Classrooms
President Joe Biden’s pick to be deputy secretary of education is still fighting to keep students out of the classroom in San Diego, where she’s school superintendent.
Cindy Marten, the longtime superintendent of the San Diego Unified School District, has been a vocal opponent of bringing back in-person instruction for public school students. The district had pledged to give a timeline for reopening on Jan. 13, but Marten failed to follow through, announcing after the deadline that no date for return will be set.
“Despite the progress that is being made and all of the best efforts of all of our employees, it’s important that we recognize that the virus continues to spread and it’s out of control in our communities,” Marten said. “This is not the time to let up on our efforts to defeat this deadly virus.”
Marten’s refusal to set a timeline for schools to reopen is in direct contradiction with Biden, who has vowed to have schools reopen within the first hundred days of his presidency. Dr. Anthony Fauci, Biden’s chief medical adviser, has said the government’s “default position” should be to get kids back in the classroom.
Parents across the country who have been dealing with school closures for months are reaching the end of their patience for obvious reasons. You may have seen this viral video of a dad speaking to a school board in Virginia:
"If your employers knew you were more inefficient than the DMV, you'd be replaced in a heartbeat."
A dad in Virginia tore into a local school board for passing themselves off as "martyrs" while refusing to reopen schools. pic.twitter.com/LIO7Cyjm4D
— MRCTV (@mrctv) January 27, 2021
One other troubling aspect of Cindy Marten’s background is that she is apparently a supporter of Critical Race Theory.
Eric Mack reports at Newsmax:
Biden Education Nominee Supports Race Extremist
A top Biden administration official has come under scrutiny for bringing — and heralding the views of — a critical race extremist to the San Diego School District in September.
San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Cindy Marten, President Joe Biden’s nominee to be deputy education secretary, invited Bettina Love to deliver a presentation on “Abolitionist Teaching,” the National Review reported.
The district faculty received Love’s training and were told white teachers regularly “spirit murder” Black students, per the report.
Love, author of “We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom,” reportedly told staff they must become “abolitionists” and “build conditions that create institutions that are just, loving, equitable, and center Black lives.”
Love added a warning on “spirit murdering,” which she called “a death that is built on racism and intended to reduce, humiliate, and destroy people of color,” a staffer in attendance reported.
Marten introduced Love and “was very supportive of the programming and of the speaker as well,” the staffer said, per the report.
I know things are very difficult for parents all over the country right now, but if I had kids I would not send them to public schools.
I would not have said that ten years ago.
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