Shawnee Mission South High School parents will be greeted by more than just their children’s educators when they arrive at the high school for parent teacher conferences on Jan. 31. The school will host a handful of informational tables, including information about DACA, or deferred action for childhood arrivals, and voter registration information.

It’s enough to make taxpayers wonder: Will parents be treated to politicking at parent-teacher conferences? The answer is, apparently.

It won’t be the first time the Shawnee Mission School District staked a political opinion.

The U.S. Congress is attempting to address DACA recipients, or those who illegally entered the country as children with their parents. When President Trump announced last September that he planned to end the program, the Shawnee Mission district issued a statement in support of illegal immigrants on its Facebook page.

“We recognize that the recent announcement to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) creates challenges for students and families we serve within the Shawnee Mission School District. We will exhaust all of our dedicated internal and external resources to take care of families,” a post on the district’s website read.

According to the Facebook post, the district does not and will not ask students information about their immigration status. It appears they’re more than willing, however, to force feed families on the hot political topic. Hopefully, it will come with a side serving information about reading, writing, arithmetic and the other important things high school students should be learning.

Parent teacher conferences are set for 5 p.m. on Jan. 31 in the SM South Gymnasium.

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