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A teacher mourns the loss of a former student who embodied what makes America great

Last week, while 24-hour news channels and social media were roiling over revelations that President Trump had called Haiti, El Salvador, and African nations “shithole countries,” a talented young college student in Massachusetts, who had immigrated to the United States from Nigeria, died after suffering a severe asthma attack.

Her name was Tiffany. She was only 20 years old.

Paul Friedmann was among the scores of people who attended her funeral on Saturday. Friedmann is an award-winning math teacher at Brooke Charter School in the Roslindale section of Boston, where he had the privilege of teaching Tiffany, as well as her siblings.

Paul Friedmann is a teacher at Brooke Charter School in Boston.

Friedmann took to Twitter Saturday evening to remember Tiffany and call out the racist, xenophobic sentiments of our President, who is currently in the midst of a showdown with Democrats over immigration. He gave me permission to share his comments, which I’ve posted in full below.


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Written by Peter Cook

Pete became involved in education reform as a 2002 Teach For America corps member in New Orleans Public Schools and has worked in various capacities at Teach For America, KIPP, TNTP, and the Recovery School District. As a consultant, he developed teacher evaluation systems and served as a strategic advisor to school district leaders in Cleveland, Nashville, Chattanooga, and Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. He now writes about education policy and politics and lives in New Orleans.

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