Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recalled how her primary school teachers thought she needed "remedial training" because she was an adult and spoke Spanish at home.
The freshman lawmaker spoke Saturday at a packed townhouse organized by Jackson Heights People for Public Schools, saying, "As a child I spoke Spanish first… And I went to a school where nobody looked like me. I went to a school where teachers thought I needed remedial training because I spoke two languages instead of one. "
It was only before she took a" high-stakes "test where she scored in the 99th percentile Over the table, she said teachers realized she didn't need extra help.
"It took a test instead of understanding the child in front of them," said Ocasio-Cortez, who shared the stage with state late. Jessica Ramos, Assemblywoman Catalina Cruz and NYU Professor Diane Ravitch, a leading charter school opponent.
"This issue is structural and it is systemic, which means we need a solution like the Green New Deal. We need a solution to the scale of the problem," the legislator said.
"I should never be made to feel bilingual was a deficit at first, she said.
She also talked about her family flying their original Bronx to find better schools in the suburbs.
"My parents felt they had to choose between their community and a quality school, a quality public school," she said. "They felt confronted with this choice, which we still see today 30 years later."
The Left Legislature plugs her Green New Deal, which includes initiatives like free after high school in the Queens forum.
Born in the Bronx, Ocasio-Cortez, said her parents made the difficult decision to move to Westchester so she could get a good public She said the whole family was "ripped off" to buy a home in Yorktown Heights.
Called public education "one of the greatest gems in the public good in the United States," Ocasio-Cortez said she quits Bachelor's degree at Boston University in 201
"I saw that instead of being incentive to go one hour north to a public school somewhere else, we are now incentive to sign up for a charter school," she said. "We should never feel that way about our public schools. The moment we begin to feel that way is when we have to start struggling to improve on them."
The 29-year-old politician who received national attention then She became the youngest member of the congress and beat established Democrat Joe Crowley in an astonishing
AOC, which ran partly on a free higher education platform, owes between $ 15,000 and $ 50,000 in student loan debt, her congressional information sign.