Ivanka Trump made an unannounced visit to a Connecticut high school Monday and some parents are upset that they were not given advance notice.
Parents pulled their children from class when Trump visited Norwalk Early College Academy at Norwalk High School with IBM CEO Ginni Rometty to speak with students, according to USA Today. An IBM-developed program allows students to simultaneously earn a high school diploma and technical-based associate degree in four years.
Though the visit was kept quiet for security reasons, some parents felt that they should have had the option of pulling their children out of school for the day.
“This should have been brought to our attention, although I do understand security reasons,” Karey Fitzgerald told News 12 Connecticut. “I think we should have had the choice to send our child to school or keep them home.”
Trump has been reportedly pushing for more career education in schools nationwide: “To see the passion and enthusiasm for bringing real life skills into a classroom environment but then coupling it with real life experience through internship creates this really beautiful virtuous angle,” she said.
But her stint as a West Wing employee in a Donald Trump White House has raised eyebrows about nepotism and questions about a role that lends access to some of the most sensitive information in our government.