The President and the Vice President Join Education Secretary Betsy DeVos at a School Choice Event


Secretary DeVos: Well,
good morning, and welcome, everyone. Thank you for coming today
to this important event. This administration
remains committed to serving all students,
especially the most vulnerable. As we’ve seen in states
around the country, these students particularly
benefit from school choice programs. This week is National
Charter Schools Week, and right now, there are more
than 6,900 charter schools in the United States, serving more than 3 million students. Of course, there are
millions more families on waiting lists for charter
schools, hoping their child will be able
to attend one. Parents want their
children to have the option to attend these
schools and others that fit their individual
needs, for the simple reason that they’re not satisfied with their current school. And they believe access
to options can give their child a better opportunity
to learn and thrive. I believe this should be
a right for every parent, not a privilege. We shouldn’t restrict
parents’ choices based strictly on a family’s
income or zip code. We have some great
witnesses to the power of parental choice
here today. By shining —
The President: I’d like
you to finish, I found it so interesting. (Applause.) I’ve been listening for
two minutes here; you’re doing a good job. She’s doing a
great job, right? Would you like
to finish up? Secretary DeVos: I want
you to go ahead, please. (Applause.) The President: 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 we’re 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? 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 for
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. Secretary DeVos: I am
going to — I have the opportunity of introducing
this young lady, Tseganesh Tadele, who is a recipient of a parental choice program, and who has done
so much in her years in high school to help share
this with other students, but she’s going to tell a
bit about her story right now. Tseganesh Tadele: Thank
you, Secretary DeVos, Mr. Vice President,
and Mr. President. I’m honored to be here. My name is
Tseganesh Tadele. I’m a senior at
Georgetown Visitation. I was born and raised in
Washington, D.C. 20 years ago, both of my parents emigrated to the US from Ethiopia. As a first-generation
college-bound student, I’ve earned the
opportunity to fulfill my dreams and the dreams
of my parents as well. Without the opportunity
scholarship program in place for me and others
like me, I would not have been able to move forward
and pursue the academic dreams. This fall, I will be
attending American University to study
international relations and public policy. (Applause.) I will always take with me
the attitude to achieve and to succeed. Through our school
community’s outreach program Saturday school,
I am able to inspire and encourage young 7th grade
girls to be the best possible versions
of themselves. Because of the quality
education that I receive at Visitation, I’m able to
mentor 7t grade girls in the Washington
Metropolitan area. Having obtained a strong
education from an all-girls school, I feel
strongly about the endless possibilities that young
women can achieve, given the opportunity to
have an education. Whether or not one decides
to attend atraditional public or private school,
I believe that each and every student deserves
the chance to obtain an education that best
meets their needs. I would like to thank all
those who make the program possible, and hope that
the program wiwll continue to serve more and more
students to come. Thank you. (Applause.) Secretary DeVos: At this
time, I’m very pleased and honored to introduce the
Vice President of the United States. (Applause.) The Vice President: Well,
on behalf of the First Family, it was going to be
my privilege to welcome you to the White House today. (Laughter.) But then the President decided — when he heard you were across the hallway, he decided to come by and say hello just to tell you all how proud he is of you, how proud he is of your parents, and how proud we are to continue the D.C. scholarship program. (Applause.) And we’re so grateful — we’re so grateful — to have someone who has been so dedicated to opening doors of opportunities for American children and families all across this country for so many years as the Secretary of Education. Would you join me in
thanking Betsy DeVos for her wonderful leadership? (Applause.) Secretary DeVos is fighting every day to give America’s children the world-class education that every American child deserves. And on behalf of the
President and families across America,
Betsy, we thank you. We thank you. Today is just an early
installment of the impact that you’re having on
expanding educational opportunities for
all of our children. And to Tseganesh Tadele, wow. What an impressive young lady. Give her another round of
applause, will you please? (Applause.) She actually rewrote a little of her speech right at the very beginning. (Laughter.) She added greetings to the Secretary, to the Vice President, and to the President, which I thought was very impressive on your feet. And congratulations on
all your great success. You really are a wonderful
example of why President Trump is fighting so hard
to expand educational opportunities for all
of our families in the country, and we thank
you for being here. To all the advocates,
to the administrators, especially to the parents
who are here — the parents of these
wonderful, beautiful children who are gathered
here, to all the great teachers who are here,
Welcome to the White House. You are making a
difference each and every day in the lives of all
these wonderful kids. Give yourselves a
round of applause. (Applause.) We have here leaders and students from K-5 grade school, middle school and high school; from three private, one
charter school and one public school. And we’re proud to have
all of you kids here. St. Anthony’s Catholic
School, Georgetown Visitation, Basis D.C.
Charter just to name a few. And all the way from
Indianapolis, Indiana, we have Thomas Carr Howe
Community High School. Let’s welcome all these great kids and these great schools. They all represent (inaudible). (Applause.) And all the adults here, thank you for caring so much. Thank you for caring so
much about your children and every student’s education. Thank you for the late
nights, for the early mornings. Thank you for the everyday
acts of love and sacrifice you make on behalf of
these kids, giving them the best shot in life,
the best future for them. And lastly, you heard the
President say today again that he’s proud of you. He’s really proud
of you, and so am I. You are America’s future. You keep at it, you
keep learning, you keep striving, you keep
believing in your dreams. Don’t ever let anybody
tell you you can’t. Then you will. You’ll live out
your dreams. And thank you for
believing in your dreams and working so hard at all
of your classwork today. Give these kids another
round of applause. (Applause.) Now, we’re here today because this week Congress is poised to pass legislation that President Trump will sign into law, a spending bill that will give new life and funding to the D.C. Opportunities Scholarship Program, which is the only federally funded voucher program in the country. It’s a case study in
school choice success. This spending bill will
extend the Opportunities Scholarship for three
years, funds it at $45 million for the
rest of the year. It is a victory for
families and students throughout the
District of Columbia. Since its creation in
2004, the Opportunities Scholarship program has
given parents and families hope my giving them a
pathway to take their children out of schools
that too often are failing to meet the needs of
children here in our nation’s capital, give
them a chance that other families have to put their
children into a private school. And over the past 13
years, the results have been impressive. Nearly 20,000 students
have applied for the program, 7,500 students
have been accepted. And more than 1,150
children are participating in the D.C. Opportunities
Scholarship program at this very moment. While only 69 percent
of D.C.’s public school students graduated from
high school last year, 98 percent of D.C.
scholarship students walked across the stage
and received their diploma last year — 98 percent. (Applause.) And get this, 86 percent of those kids were accepted into college to continue their education and climb the ladder of success. (Applause.) President Trump could not be more proud to extend this crucial program, but his commitment to school choice doesn’t end there. I have to tell you that
this is a President that truly does believe that
parents in America ought to be able to choose where
their children go to school regardless of their
income or their area code. And in the days ahead,
we’re going to continue to work each and every day
to give every family in America the opportunity to
choose the school that’s best for them. So, with thanks again to
our Secretary of Education for bringing us to this
moment, with thanks to all of you for all the hard
work that you’re putting in to all of your
schoolwork today, on behalf of the President
of the United States of America, we say keep dreaming, keep striving. And I have a feeling we’re
going to see one of these kids back at
the White House. (Laughter.) Thanks, everybody. And God bless you. (Applause.)

100 thoughts on “The President and the Vice President Join Education Secretary Betsy DeVos at a School Choice Event”

  1. They should do what our state does for Juniors and Seniors in high school. You can pull out your funding of your local schools for those 2 years and use it for free college in the state. You can even earn an AA degree when you would have graduated from high school for free. Thats the same basic idea of charter schools, just with younger grade levels. With choice comes a variety of benefits. You break the government monopoly on public school, you can find schools better academically, better culturally, etc.

  2. I do support Secretary DeVos, but that is not representative of our nation. Why are we only supporting African American and Hispanic children? That, my friends, is racism.

  3. The little girl (front right) is so adorable, gorgeous, and so are the other kids. With Mr Trump as President, I am convinced that we will see much more of those expressions. Thank you President Trump and your hard working Team.

  4. God bless you,President Trump!! These children deserve to attend schools where ALL of the school's funding goes toward their education,not schools where a large chunk needs to be spent on metal detectors and security guards.Take away their fears and they will SHINE.

  5. Sad poor white family's and white kid's can't get the same. Try to change the race issues by putting whites under all is not fixing anything…

  6. All families? You only mentioned black and Hispanic. What about white? What about American Indian children? What about Asian children? Don't other nationalities matter or is this just another political stunt? Where are the funds coming from? Are you making the hard working middle class people, who VOTED FOR YOU pay this bill? I want to know about special education programs being expanded and drastically improved to really educate handicapped and especially Autistic children. Although there are some that are very good, the majority are just babysitting services or work for little pay schemes. ( while these children should be attending school not working at Goodwill.)

  7. Forcing the best students out of D.C. Schools diminishes other students chances for success. The D.C. Gov., with fewer children in the schools, will not increase funding for infrastructure improvements nor education requirements. The teachers present, already under appreciated and underpaid, will either leave or suffer burn out. The students often are unable to buy supplies and share textbooks. They might have a computer at home but most will not. There are no tutors available and they can't afford private tutoring. Many of these children give up dreaming of an education at all much less a college education! Improving our public schools jump starts the best and brightest minds to college success; without our public schools , we are simply educating a chosen elite.

  8. And here I thought we just got RID of a president who didn't care about anyone but black people… The only thing the DOE should be doing is getting rid of the anti-white communists in every corner of education, including the DOE itself.

  9. Proud to see children being allowed to participate in encouraging others and moving them to uncovering their own potentials

  10. I'm Mexican American and love seeing this! Thank you President Trump for looking out for the Hispanic community in America. Media is lying that he's a racist. I know he loves all Americans regardless of race deep down inside.

  11. Who else laughed their ass off when president came in and suprised that white kid????I'm still laughing lol.

  12. I just wonder what is happening to all the "white" children, are their no low income "whites"? I do notice that most schools have very few "whites" anymore, they are the minority, and thus should also be receiving help.

  13. I like the statistics of the 98% of scholarship students passed High School, and the passing of the school bills to choose where to go to school. However it could get complicated if everyone wants to go to one school and not others, overcrowding, hopefully they will then have funds to expand the school.

  14. Choice. Isn't that what all Democrats want?
    Great job Secretary DeVos!!! Education, not propaganda taught in some public schools, is key .

  15. When watching President Trump I believe he does want to help but some of his decisions are based on a business model, not on what it takes for people to thrive and the Planet we live on to be healthy. I hope that President Trump listens to people that understand health: our health and the health of the environment. That does not necessarily mean that will be good for making money. Being educated and informed means understanding ourselves and the Planet we live on. We have been ignoring this wisdom at our peril. If Trump really does want to help the youth, he will make it his business to learn about HEALTH before wealth.

  16. No more committing kids to lousy schools that ruin their lives! Hooray for these kids and the President! #MAGA

  17. Those kids all look like they know they're being used for a photo-op that shows how the whitehouse is "committed to diversity," or something..

  18. What about vouchers for white middle class that want to home school but because of high realestate taxes to pay for all the mandates to public schools, can't?

  19. INFURIATING!!!! Where are WHITE KIDS??!! The ones that are acting like they didn't make it past Day Care! They demand equality but 'white people' feel it's not happening and our Schools and Colleges are frightening places! Our kids are scared of leaving the house much less going to School now and blacks keep segregating themselves and are allowed to. FAIR is not what we feel is happening and it's disturbing to 'white' people especially that are actually 'mixed' with no 'movements' representing 'just them'.

  20. Trump hates women, gays, brown people and blacks. He wants them all
    exterminated and create an Aryan master race by arteficial wombs in
    laboratory tubes. Then there will be only straight white males and sex robots alive.
    I know this, because CNN said so and they ALWAYS tell the truth. They
    are not fake news. They are real news.

  21. We are winning too much President Trump. Please stop – we can't take it anymore 😉

  22. President Trump cares for all American people. Anyone who disliked this video,I would deem a racist and they need to do some deep reflection of their soul.

  23. the chubby boy next to the podium in blue needs new shoes. somebody send him a nice pair of shoes. i would if I could.

  24. Thanks, that is all we ask for our grandchildren is the opportunity for a great education which will open the doors to pursue the American Dream. God Bless America and our President!

  25. So even though they can choose what school they go to many of them won't have health care. not much of a trade off.

  26. DeVos's only qualification is inheriting $1,000,000,000, to politically play with,  lunatic whose complaint about public education not problems BUT ITS VERY EXISTENCE, wants to profitize education full-on with charter schools despite record of failure, especially in her native Michigan which she pushed big time. During confirmation hearings jaw dropping, side-splitting moment when asked about guns in schools–SHOULD BE LEFT TO SCHOOLS TO DECIDE, SAYING FRIEND IN WYOMING WITH CHARTER SCHOOLMIGHT–CAN'T MAKE THIS UP–GRIZZLY BEARS!

  27. This fine young lady is a great person for our Children and grand Children's Education. God Bless America We the People are back as a part of our Government not as the TRAMPOLINE TO BE JUMPED ON ANYMORE BUT TO BE A PART OF OUR NATIONS GUIDLINES AMEN PRAISE GOD

  28. I love the way Trump riffs off script all the time but still stays on theme.  It's natural for him …

  29. I got us citizens when I first born I want to get started class I believe    President….might not listen or looking on my comment 
    Any kids have a dream So this is my story
    I want to started and get class in United States got a degree because I want to flower my dreams and have a lot personal stop me But My father was talking to me before he passed away when I'm was 9 years old. My father said. If you want to do something we always start from nothing don't even say you can't doings it Just do it believe and make it happen pray and wish to GOD Because I sawed a lot of things happening in the united state. And from what I think. I got nothing to lose from what I'm looking for isn't about the future and KIDs next generation to do the good things for they own future
    The reason I want to go to school or college be I want to do something for country do it good make it greatAll I have now it me and my family. And my Daughter And son : both of them didn't live with me because the laws in the United States of America protect a woman so from the problems I got it make me interested and looking back to everyone and everything I have to know because from what I see and I feeling like whatever problems you got in your life it happens for the reason so now I'm looking back to myself if I have a good chance or I'm lucky going back to Study again I might be good and great for me. Because I got no degree at all so I didn't have a good job or great future. I got a lot story I want to share all I need is hope. Thx you so much. I came here when I'm 21 and now I'm 32 because I can't apply for the job

  30. I guess u need some kind of radical change bcuz the public schools just house these dummutherfuckers who don't no how to think

  31. charter school public school all they need to do is change the damn curriculum and these teachers need to be graded by the students and parents

  32. Nice photo opp with kids of color for this racist ass President, Education Secretary and entire administration. Those fkrs could care less about those kids.

  33. Love the kids but they are brainwashed. Trump will find a way to deport them and their parents. He go down SOON! #Impeachmentproceedingswillsoonbegin

  34. the presidentand the vice president join education secretary BETSY devos at aschool choice event

  35. Amen! Amen! Something else will will not on the biased, irrelevant, mainstream fake news! God bless this administration. We are seeing positive change now! This is what happens when you have an administration that is actually working for the America people and not working against them! #Blacks4Trump

  36. I would like to see the graduation age be 16. By 18 kids could have an associate's degree or two years of real life experience. It would separate younger kids f…rom the older kids and by doing that, I believe some violence and drug use would be diminished. I also believe it would raise the graduation rate, because 16 is the age most kids drop out. Last but not least, l also believe it would save the school systems tons of money, time, energy and efforts "LET'S DO MORE WITH LESS" #clip2years FACEBOOK.COM

  37. Vice President Mike Pence would make a good President of the United States someday. Maybe the 46th President?

  38. The 'most vulnerable' kids around the World are not just black kids. They are kids of all colors that are born into POVERTY. The Obama Administration helped 'blacks only' it seems and we elected a 'Liberty and Justice for ALL' President because that's what ALL 'colors' want and ALL 'colors' born into poverty DESERVE, so, please do that this time.

  39. June 26th 2017 timeline 10:56 a.m. president Donald Trump you forgot to say about poor white people and Ozark Mountains. You left out the poor white people and coal mine Virginia North Carolina Pennsylvania. we know that Betsy DeVos has an agenda. too many of your women you put in power in positions of authority period have to deal with the white genocide in South Africa. too many of your Christian TV preacher people don't mention about white genocide in South Africa. how many democratics are benefiting off the franchise disclosure laws 79. that it's alright to disenfranchise the white race in South Africa. Betsy DeVos Amway Corporation how much money did they make in last 20 years in South Africa. will we get any form of an investigation. more likely no Democrats and Republicans have benefited of the prophets of communist South Africa. You mention African American children. but the 10% of African American voters period didn't vote for you mr. president. the 90% of black Americans voted for Donald Trump.

  40. It is great Trump drops in on this announcement and celebration of kids/education. Bravo.

  41. REMOVE the perverted "Safe Places" and several other invasions which disrupt these children's right to learn and grow! Please, and thank you Secretary Devos! What a mess you have!

  42. The kids would've freaked out if this was last year and that was Obama. I think when they turned around and saw Trump, many saw pure evil and were scared.

  43. Say no to government indoctrination camps. Public schools!!!! G.I.C. schools.

    P.S. Everyone is a colored person and we are Americans not Africans. Its also good to tell children that ALL people are special snowflakes. Yet NONE of them need or want Special rights. Every one has relatively the same chance in life. If we tell children different we are telling them that they are victims. This is counter productive. Further I asked a Mexican guy what colored people are and he said blacks and Latinos???? What an absolute load of garbage. Created equal under the laws of the Creator. Very few people are actual American-Africans by percentage. The language is used to turn brown people into helpless useless KOOL aid drinking individuals. Litterally the kid in this video makes more sence then our entire government its beyond pitiful!!!!!!!!!!! Good kid bad government!!!! Say no to Government indoctrination camps say no to garbage public schools!!!! Ohh they have a choice to pledge allegiance???? No no no at least use the correct type of indoctrination!!!!! Instead we call them a bunch of colored Africans its like give me a break already earthlings the ideology is utterly disgusting. Why not set them up with an if drip for nurishment and a well fare check right from the beggining!!!!!! WRONG.

    The VP said it right God Bless Him these are children not Africans or colored people please stop with that mutant language already its disgusting!!!!!!

    And further granting special rights to special groups is not natural. Yes parents do have a choice they don't need Anyones permission especially not government on who will teach thier children. Epsecially with what they teach the kids at the G.I.C. schools by the time they get through college they become mostly useless with zero real critical thinking or survival tactics. It is a complete recipe for disaster!!!! We mustwake UUP yesterday about 60 years ago at least!!!! It might not be to late yet it seems to late now!!!! Good luck

  44. Leslie Stahl and CBS 60 Minutes missed the mark, and Missed so much in her interrupting and repeated "no's", Education Secretary piece. If Ms. Stahl had attended just one – any – local school board or education meeting- it is the most contentious, passionate, ongoing, difficult, challenging of participation arenas. Applause to anyone who devotes sincere, good faith, and dedicated efforts to the Many complicated ongoing issues in Education – for One Meeting; for a Professional Lifetime.

  45. I'm happy to hear there are changes to come. Back in the last decade, the previous [Obama] administration, had their scholarship ripped out from under my children who are high honor roll. One was going to be a doctor but she had to work to pay for the difference which Loyola scholarship. My son had his hopes completely unachievable with the Obama administration. We are of two heritage's. We were born here.
    My daughter is not a doctor, or nurse. My son is extremely knowledgeable with computers and wanted to know all about the computerized electronics.
    They aren't happy they lost their opportunities while watching others getting what I worked for.
    Don't get me wrong. It's wonderful for students who achieve and earned!
    As a mother, my heart aches for my children just like others.

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