Vice President Pence Joins Education Secretary Betsy DeVos at a School Choice Event Wednesday morning in celebration of School Choice Week.
The President also made a surprise appearance at the event to talk about the Opportunity Scholarship that allows low-income families to move their children from underperforming public schools to private institutions.
The video also features an inspiring story from the daughter of immigrants that, due to the Opportunity Scholarship, now attends Georgetown Visitation private high school and will be attending American University in the fall.
Full Video of the School Choice Event
Full Transcript of President Trump’s Comments on School Choice
This is very exciting. So yesterday I said that our spending bill was a win for the American people, which is exactly what it was — an amazing day. And this is what winning for young children and kids from all over the country looks like. The opportunity scholarship program that was funding allows families in the inner city of our nation’s capital to leave failing public schools and attend a private school, making an extraordinary difference in these incredible young lives. You’re so lucky. (Laughter.) Great. You’re happy about it? Huh? (Applause.) That’s great.
The results speak for themselves. Ninety-eight percent of scholarship recipients represent their high school diplomas, and they’re really very, very special. They go into tremendous successes. So I think you’re going to all be very, very successful. You have a big start, right? Great start.
This is a beautiful event, and I’m thrilled to be here. I congratulate the families in the audience. Our families are very proud of the children. Are you all proud of children, I hope? (Applause.) Anybody not proud? We’re very proud of you.
During my campaign for President, I promised to fight for school choice — very important. It was featured in my Joint Address to Congress. And today, I’m calling on all lawmakers to work with us to help extend school choice to millions more children all across the United States of America, including millions of low-income Hispanic and African American children who deserve the same chance as every other child in America to live out their dreams and fill up their hearts and be educated at the top, top level. (Applause.)
Every child has the right to fulfill their potential, and, if we do our jobs, then we will never have to tell young, striving Americans to defer their dreams for another day or for another decade. We’re not going to do that.
I’m honored to be here. I’m so proud to be with these wonderful families and wonderful children. And I’m deeply excited about the amazing things that lie ahead for these truly inspiring young Americans right here in Washington, D.C. — our capital.
And I will say that I’m very, very proud of all of you. You know, I wasn’t supposed to be here. It wasn’t on my schedule. When I heard what was going on with Betsy, who’s doing such a great job, I said, well, I’ll come in and I’ll interrupt Betsy, and maybe I’ll be allowed to say a few words. (Laughter.) But she’s a great woman and doing a fantastic job.
Congratulations to all of you and to your families. Congratulations, everybody. Congratulations. (Applause.) Thank you.