President Donald Trump and Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos joined together yesterday in a meeting with parents and teachers to discuss education in the U.S.
During the meeting, Trump reemphasized his commitment to turning around America's failing schools and once again praised his controversial education secretary appointment DeVos.
"Millions of poor, disadvantaged students are trapped in poor, failing schools," he said, according to The Washington Post. "We're going to change it around, especially for the African American communities."
Trump has spoken very little about how he plans to help America's disadvantaged students, although while campaigning he unveiled a $20 billion school voucher program; he once said that he believes a lack of school choice is the greatest civil right infringement of our time.
DeVos, a long-time advocate of school choice and vouchers, used the meeting to commit to championing for choice:
"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," she said, according to the Post.
"We started this journey a long time ago...and I'm so happy that all worked out," Trump said about working together with DeVos to implement school choice options.
Trump also discussed prioritizing figuring out why autism is on the rise.
"So what's going on with autism, when we look at the tremendous increases, really, it's such an incredible — it's really a horrible thing to watch.... Maybe we can do something," Trump said, according to the Post.
Nicole Gorman, Senior Education World Contributor