In Trump’s opening statement at a White House meeting Tuesday morning with parents and teachers, he said: “We want every child in America to have the opportunity to climb the ladder to success, as well as have a safe community, great school and to one day secure a well-paying job or own a business. It all begins with education and that’s why we’re here this morning.”
Trump criticized the “education crisis” in America, stating that too many children do not have the opportunity to receive a quality education, while millions of poor and disadvantaged children are subject to “failing schools,” a topic he he often spoke about on the campaign trail.
He said, “We’re going to change it around, especially for the African American communities. I want every single disadvantaged child in America, no matter what their background or where they live, to have a choice about where they go to school.”
He added that charter schools in particular “have demonstrated amazing gains and results.”
President Trump said that improved educational opportunities will help students find well-paying jobs after graduation or even begin businesses of their own. He said plans to host more business executives in the near future for more announcements about creating new and higher-paying jobs and bringing more manufacturing plants back to the U.S.
“I have meetings next week with four or five different companies, big ones that are going to bring massive numbers of jobs back,” Trump said. “We can never lose sight of the connection between education and jobs.”
He turned to address DeVos and said, “I want to congratulate you on having gone through a very tough trial, and a very unfair trial, and you won,” Trump told DeVos during their White House meeting. “There’s something very nice about that. The real winner will be the children … of this country.”
DeVos said to all in attendance at the White House meeting, “I’m really excited to be here today with parents and educators, representing traditional public schools, charter public schools, home schools, private schools — a range of choices. “We’re eager to listen and learn from you, your ideas for how we can ensure that all of our kids have an equal opportunity for a high quality, great education,” she told them.
DeVos was confirmed by the Senate, who is a school choice advocate, last week by a vote of 51-50, with Vice President Mike Pence providing the tie-breaking vote. She faced much opposition among Democrats and teachers’ unions who were opposed to her nomination.
H/T: The Washington Times
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