Last month, two elementary schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District — Broadacres in Carson and Cimarron in Hawthorne — made the decision to launch a program to put iPads in the hands of every student in the school district.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the effort is intended to "put a school district composed mostly of low-income, minority students on an even footing with more prosperous students, who have such devices at home, at school or both."
The news was not well received by the Eagle Forum's Phyllis Schlafly, who had last been mentioned by this column for referring to President Obama's proposed universal preschool as a "pre-K power grab".
Schlafly's objection to the measure, however, was not over its cost to the taxpayers. Instead, her problem is that it may benefit the children of undocumented immigrants and students learning English as a second language.
"Many of the students who will be receiving a taxpayer-funded iPad aren't even supposed to be in the United States," writes Schlafly. "Los Angeles has one of the highest illegal alien populations in the U.S. Almost 400,000 illegal aliens live in this district. Almost a third of its students are classified as 'English learners.'"
Schlafly appears to be once again operating under the assumption that "illegal" and "minority" are synonyms.