Elizabeth Warren used to be a reliable champion for charter schools, alternative education, and even using public money to give parents a choice as to where to send their kids. But, knowing that such a position would compromise her ability to win over the public teachers’ unions, she changed to an adamant opponent of school choice with the launch of her presidential campaign. This politically convenient flip-flop is already a signal of everything Americans hate about politicians, but it also gives Warren’s opponents an opportunity to accuse her of hypocrisy. Her son, after all, attended a fancy private school.
This was on Sarah Carpenter’s mind when she confronted Warren at an Atlanta speech on Thursday. Carpenter is a school choice activist who was at the speech to protest Warren’s position – which is to stop diverting taxpayer dollars to private charter schools.
“We are going to have the same choice that you had for your kids because I read that your children went to private schools,” Carpenter told Warren.
Warren responded by saying, “My children went to public schools.”
At best, this is a half-truth, as the Washington Free Beacon points out:
A school yearbook obtained by the Washington Free Beacon indicates, however, that Warren’s son, Alex Warren, attended the Kirby Hall School for at least the 1986-1987 school year, Warren’s final year as a professor at the University of Texas at Austin. The college preparatory school is known for its “academically advanced curriculum” and offers small class sizes for students in grades K-12. The yearbook indicates that Alex Warren attended as a fifth grader.
“Elizabeth’s daughter went to public school. Her son went to public school until 5th grade,” Warren communications director Kristen Orthman told the Washington Free Beacon. “Elizabeth wants every kid to get a great education regardless of where they live, which is why her plan makes a historic investment in our public schools. Every public school should be a great school. Her plan does not affect funding for existing non-profit charter schools, but she believes we should not put public dollars behind a further expansion of charters until they are subject to the same accountability requirements as public schools.”
So yeah, even her campaign had to come forward and admit that Warren was fibbing. Of course, this is not the first time the Massachusetts senator has lied to further her political aspirations. Few will soon forget her decades-long claim to be a Native American. And the woman is still playing games with her mechanism to fund Medicare-for-All.
It comes off as extremely elitist for a woman who claims to be a champion of the people to deny lower-income Americans the ability to give their kids the best education possible – especially when Warren herself had the funds to make that happen for her kid. If Democrats haven’t seen through this fake populist act yet, it can only be a matter of time before they do.