Published by The Daily Signal
By Fred Lucas
President Donald Trump formally proclaimed this week to be National School Choice Week, and called on lawmakers, parents, and students to explore new education options.
“To maintain our global leadership and strengthen our modern economy, America’s education system must prepare students for the unforeseen challenges of the future,” Trump said in a proclamation issued Monday.
“Communities that provide academic options—traditional public, public charter, private, magnet, parochial, virtual, and homeschooling—empower parents and guardians to select the best educational fit for their children.”
Trump praised Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who was a school choice advocate before he appointed her to the position.
The president also noted the key legislative achievement of his first year in office, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, included a provision to expand 529 tax-free education savings plans—previously only for higher education—to include K-12 accounts.
“By giving parents more control over their children’s education, we are making strides toward a future of unprecedented educational attainment and freedom of choice,” Trump said in the proclamation.
Trump said about 90 percent of American adults have either a high school diploma or a GED.
“But our students deserve more than just a paper diploma,” Trump said. “Indeed, they deserve access to an education that provides the tools needed to succeed in our ever-evolving world.”
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