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Trump visits Catholic school in Florida to show school choice support

President Donald Trump recently paid a visit to St Andrew’s Catholic School in Orlando, Florida, to show his support for school choice.

The president was joined by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, US Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, and Florida Gov. Rick Scott in a tour of the school that started with a visit to a fourth-grade class, on 3rd March.

The visit, which was private, was dubbed as a listening session.

One of the tour guests was Denisha Merriweather, who attended a private high school through Florida’s voucher program, which she credits with turning her life around.

“We want millions more to have the same chance to achieve the great success that you’re achieving,” Trump said. The president also told school administrators that “the love you have for what you do is really fantastic,” The Associated Press reported.

In his address to Congress on 28th February, Trump said that education was the “civil rights issue of our time” and urged Congress to pass legislation to fund school choice for disadvantaged young people, but he did not offer any details.

Picture: US President Donald Trump chats with students from St Andrew’s Catholic School in Orlando, Fla., on 3rd March. US Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos also joined the president. (CNS photo/Jonathan Ernst, Reuters).