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Ivanka Trump's surprise visit to a Connecticut school infuriated some parents


President Trump’s oldest daughter recently made a surprise visit to a school in Norwalk, Connecticut, infuriating some of the parents with students there, according to Fox News.

Fox News on Wednesday reported that Ivanka Trump’s stop at the Norwalk Early College Academy (NECA) inspired one parent to remove their child from the event two days before.

“Only one parent withdrew their student for the school day Monday after hearing of the visit,” said Brenda Williams, the chief communications officer for Norwalk Public Schools.

“With the exception of those who were directly participating, the visit was kept confidential for security reasons, and parents understood that,” she continued.

“Ms. Trump was the guest of IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, who was at the school to talk with students at Norwalk Early College Academy.”

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Williams noted that the school was showcasing its “innovative educational program” during Monday’s event with Rometty and Ivanka Trump.

“Students discussed their experiences in taking college classes while in high school, the benefits of their IBM internships and workplace experiences, and their plans for the future,” she said.

Karey Fitzgerald, a parent whose child attends the Norwalk academy, on Monday criticized the lack of information surrounding Ivanka Trump’s appearance.

“This should have been brought to our attention, although I do understand security reasons,” she told News 12 Connecticut.

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“I think we should have had the choice to send our child to school or keep them home,” Fitzgerald added.

IBM developed the academic model used at the school, which lets students simultaneously earn a high school diploma and an associate degree in one of two fields.

Students can choose between pursuing mobile programming and software engineering, while also developing technical skills.

Fox News on Wednesday reported that Ivanka Trump is touring schools across the U.S. promoting computer science and STEM training.

STEM is an acronym denoting the educational fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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