Kids As Exploited Salespeople In LAUSD

When does “teaching” become “using”? This is something a of of people have been concerned about for a long time, but this clearly crosses the line:

LAUSD will receive $990,000. The district listed as a primary outcome for its project, “Teens trained to be messengers to family members.”…

…“We have confidence that the model LA Unified brought to the table will be successful in reaching our target population, which includes family members of students,” she said.

LAUSD will also use tax-paid staff to promote ObamaCare through phone calls to students’ homes, in-class presentations, and meetings with employees eligible for ObamaCare’s taxpayer-covered healthcare, the grant award says.

The district listed adult education students, part-time, and contract employees as its target population. Teens will be trained to be messengers not to those groups, but to their own families, to get more people enrolled in taxpayer-subsidized healthcare….

…“Teens are part of a ‘pilot’ program to test whether young people can be trained as messengers to deliver outreach and limited education to family and friends in and around their homes,” said Gayle Pollard-Terry, a LAUSD spokesman, in an email. “Teens will be educating adults that they already know (e.g., family or friends) and not other adults.”…

…If project benchmarks are not met, grantees may be required to submit additional ad hoc reports upon Covered California’s request. Grantees will also be required to report any proposed adjustments to their approved outreach and education plan using the information management system… Additionally, field monitors will be assigned to grantees to verify their progress,” Hicks said.


I haven’t seen any reaction from Obama’s defenders (yet?) but his foes are outraged:

We send our children to public schools so that they can learn the things that they will need to succeed in life, not so that the government can try to persuade them to any particular ideological viewpoint nor try to use them as tools with which to “deliver outreach” to parents. I get a little queasy anytime people try to use their children to send a political message, but it is a thousand times worse when it is the government trying to use other people’s children to bring political propaganda home to their parents. It is a first, tentative step along the path that leads to the type of youth organizations that we have seen under authoritarian regimes around the world. Hopefully, it is not something that will go any further, and I am sure that no one involved in the program is thinking in those terms, but this is the kind of line that citizens of a free country need to be very diligent about ensuring that the government does not cross.

via  A Poor Substitute for Publius.

As 2014 and key provisions of ObamaCare draw ever closer, the administration is trying to recruit everyone from Hollywood stars to the NFL to sell its “benefits” to a weary public. Even schoolchildren in California.

Yes, even schoolchildren. The deeply-in-debt state of California is sending nearly a million dollars to the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) to be used to brainwash indoctrinate train teens to “educate” their parents on the value of the unpopular program, key provisions of which will go into effect in six months.

via Independent Journal Review

Parents of teenagers in the Los Angeles Area Unified School District (LAUSD) may want to think twice before asking their kids what they learned in school today. Beginning this fall, LAUSD is going to spend nearly $1 million of taxpayers’ money promoting ObamaCare, including turning teens into salespeople for the healthcare law.


Why bother to pay someone to spread your propaganda when you can recruit children to do it for free? Forget about the adults, let’s go after the kids…to go after the adults. That’s precisely Obama’s thinking.

In the midst of all the controversy surrounding ObamaCare, children have become his next target. Covered California, the state’s health insurance exchange, has announced that it will be using $37 million in grant money – state grant money, mind you – to promote ObamaCare. Of that $37 million, the Los Angeles school district will be awarded $990,000 to teach children ObamaCare propaganda

via Liberty News

But what is truly disturbing–actually repellent and frightening–is the government’s plan to abuse the concept of public education by turning public schools into indoctrination factories

via American Thinker

I am hoping that both sides of the political aisle will agree that this is inappropriate. Children are not sent to school for this purpose.

And, no, good intentions don’t cancel out the fact that this is a super-creepy sort of violation.