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And i was just briefed on it and it's a disgrace: what's happened with respect to the things that were done to our country, it should never again happened to another president. It is incredible far worse than i would have ever thought possible and it's it's an embarrassment to our country. It'S dishonest! It'S! It'S everything that a lot of people thought it would be except far worse, so i'm going ...
to get some very detailed briefing but briefings, but they they are. It'S a very sad it's a very sad day when i see that or sad day, when a lot of people see that they have no nothing, it was concocted and you say, would you wantthat was a probably something? That'S never happened in the history of our country. Pam bondi, i think you were able to look at some of the report and can address a little bit of it very well, if you might say a few words i'd like to ask kelly - and i know you've looked at it - also who are career law enforcement Today are outraged, and i think the american people really should be terrified that this could happen to you and we're supposed to live in a society of integrity and honesty, and this happened to the president, not just to the president. You know this should be a good day, but it's not it's a horrible dayfor, the country that this could happen to the president of the united states that they could fabricate falsified emails, lie and omit exculpatory evidence in order to continue this witch-hunt against the president of The united states - and this is just the tip of the iceberg. Now we have the dirham investigation kelly-ann, please. I was the campaign manager during that time and i would ask a simple question: why no defensive briefing? Why not contact the trump campaign? Why not contact candidate chomper, governor pence or governor christie, who, at the time, was arranging for the intelligence briefings for candidate trump and was a public servant government official at that time, as governor new jersey were the fullintelligence security clearance? Should we see that type of information, so you can't blame people for feeling that it was unfair and that the fix was in and to think that perhaps people lied and spied and tried to subvert democracy just because they wanted someone else to win or just because They have a different political point of view. That is not the way the world's greatest democracy has been formed and can survive at a time such as this. I will just repeat something that attorney general morrison today, mr. president, that this was an intrusive investigation of a u. s.

presidential campaign on the thinnest of suspicions, and that is chilling language for any of us who wantour government to work for us and not against us. I only wish they had come and informed us, mr. president, and we could have had the knowledge and the wherewithal to act at that time and not put the taxpayers through two plus protracted years of nonsense. Thank you, sir. Well, they fabricated evidence and they lied to the courts and they did all sorts of things to have it go their way, and this was something that we can never allow happen again. The report actually, and especially when you look into it in the details of the report, are far worse than anything. I would have even imagined what they were doing and what they would havedone. If i didn't make a certain move, a certain move. There was a very important move because it would have been even worse if that's possible and they might have been able to succeed. This was an overthrow of government. This was an attempted overthrow and a lot of people were in on it and they got caught. They got caught red-handed.

I look forward to the durham report which is coming out in the not-too-distant future. It'S got his own information, which is this information plus plus plus, and it's an incredible thing that happened: we're lucky we caught him. I think i'm gon na put this down as one of our great achievements, because what we found andwhat we saw never ever should this happen again in our country. With that today, we gather to discuss the urgent national priority that we've been working on so long and so hard expanding educational freedom through school choice, so that every american child can get a great education. We'Re grateful to be joined by vice president mike pence secretary betsy, devos senators, ted cruz and mike lee representative, bradley byrne, florida governor ron de santos, texas, lieutenant governor dan patrick pennsylvania house, speaker mike jersey, tennessee state representative, john de bary, and students, parents and teachers from Across the nation, some wonderful, brilliant students are with us and we're gon na be having a big session in a little whileas president, i'm fighting every day for the forgotten american. We are looking past criminal justice reform. We got that done criminal justice reform. They could have never done it without me. It was done by us. It wasn't done by anybody else. They came to me. They'Ve been trying to get it for many years.

President obama wouldn't do it or couldn't get it done. Maybe that means the same thing, but i got criminal justice reform done. The press doesn't want to mention that, but we got it done and we got it done soundly and good. We had a lot of help, including from mike lee mike. That was something when i heard mike was in favori, said: he's pretty conservative, it's been something, but with it worked out, worked it's working out very well and it's a big step and we're proud of it, and i think when you look at the african-american community in Particular they are the biggest beneficiaries of criminal justice reform, so we're honored to have helped. We passed the criminal justice reform and the legislation to target resources to distress communities. Our economy is lifting up citizens of every background. You saw the new reports coming out or an unemployment they're. The best in the world best we've ever had the bestest country has ever had historic records. We have the lowest unemployment in the history of our country, forafrican, americans, asian americans, hispanic americans and overall we're just about going to break the all-time record. We'Re very close, but now is the time to fight for the forgotten child and that's what we're doing. With respect to education, for decades countless children have been trapped in failing government schools and my administration, these children are forgotten no longer just like.

I said i was going to do it for different groups of people, and we did it. We have the strongest economy, probably in the history of our country. The numbers came out, as you saw on friday, with a number of jobs that nobody believed possible 200 well, over 200,000. They were thinking about 50, some peoplethought. It would be 50,000 60,000. You saw how badly canada did we had 266,000 canada had an unbelievable period and is going through something, and yet we are right there and the whole world is not doing well and we're doing phenomenally well we're doing better than with the hottest economy in the world. We'Re doing great and frankly, it's hard to believe we could even do better, but if the world we're doing better we'd do better. That'S the way it's set up. You made tremendous progress in the last three years, far greater than anyone thought possible. So we have the hottest economy in the world by far. Nobody close. If you look at europe, if youlook at asia, china's having a very hard time, we're doing well with china and our trade deal but they're having a tremendously difficult time, the worst time they've had in at least 57, it was 57 two weeks ago.

Now it's much more than that number of years 57 years, and yet we do record-breaking numbers. So that's great! We broke the stockmarket record. I believe it's a hundred and thirty-two times during the course of less than three years as president, and so that's something and by the way you were great on television this weekend, i fired that very you did a fantastic job, everyone's talking about it at a very Positive way too, so, congratulations, yeahhe's, a hater he's. Definitely an era that came out loud and clear. Congratulations lawmakers in 44 states, washington, dc and puerto rico have empowered some parents to choose a better future for their children for their child, but school choice. Wait lists are growing and, sadly not everyone wants to give these students the education or freedom that they deserve they're locked into a school system. That'S terrible and we're working on that very hard bet, she's working on it full time about 30 hours a day. I guess betsy right, that's what she does, but school choice waitlists a growing and that's a that's a credible factor. Everyone wants school choice and we have certain groups that arevery powerfully against that, but we're breaking through very strongly. This year, pennsylvania governor tom wolf's denied 50,000 kids, the promise of a better school florida governor ron de santis, on the other hand, got 14,000 florida students off of the weightless. Really the wait lists were just ridiculous and still are i mean they're still very long. That'S where they want to go so congratulations to rhonda santa so far.

We believe that every parent should have educational freedom for their children. Earlier this year i asked congress to pass a federal tax credit to support state-based scholarship programs, so we can provide over 1 million more students with school choice. People want school choice; they want to havetheir child go to a school that they want to have the child. Go to it's very simple, i look forward to hearing from each of you today we're going to be discussing a lot of things that have happened in the last couple of years. Some great successes and we're in the process of getting more education is a very tough subject because it's been ground in and whether it works or doesn't work. The areas that don't work people seem to want to come at a certain, a certain group of people and it's a very powerful group of people. They wanted to stay that way. We don't want it to stay that way. Worldwide were probably rankedabout 36 and yet we spend more per pupil than any other country in the world, far more per pupil, and we should be at the top of the list not mired down toward the middle and even worse than that. So i'd like to ask mike pence to say a few words and we're going to go around the table and we'll have a discussion. Thank you much well. Thank you.

Mr. president, thank you for your leadership on education. It was one of the very first conversations that we had when you considered me for the position that i now hold, and you expressed to me then in the summer of 2016, your belief that it ought tobe parents to choose where their children go to school. I want to join you in thanking governor de santis for his leadership, lieutenant governor, patrick and leader, presented by senator cruz senator lee, and especially to be able to welcome the students, parents and teachers who are here with us your invitation to talk about how we advance Your agenda, as i as you mentioned mr. president, when when i was governor state of indiana, i was proud to be home as governor desantis is to a state. That'S been expanding. Educational choice for students for decades and just like governor desantis, has done back when i was governor state of indiana. We increased the enrollment in our voucherprogram from 4,000 to 32,000. We actually expanded school choice for pre-k for several thousand disadvantaged children. The american people deserve to know that this is a president. Who'S been putting taxpayer resources to work, to expand educational choice for disadvantaged families. We already expanded the 521 college savings accounts to let parents use those resources for k-12 education and mr.

president, participation in the dc voucher program, which has been a historic program - that's changed, lives changed. Our nation's capital is already up by more than 50 %, but today we really look forward to hearing from the secretary and all of those gathered here about your proposal for a five billion dollar education freedom scholarship program, as you saidwhich, would, we believe, expand educational choice, Opportunities to more than a million students around america really believe. The key to success for any child is a good education and we believe that parents are best equipped to choose what is the best education for their children spread again, thank you for your passion for educational choice. I want to thank the secretary, but most especially i want to thank the leaders and the parents and the students and the teachers that have gathered here for this important discussion. Thank you very much excellent job mike lee. Would you like to say a few words to your drillings on education? The toit economic committee, which i chair, is we doanother report tomorrow on educational pluralism, educational choral, ism is a fancy word for a simple concept, which is that we ought to give more people more options in the area of k through 12 public education, and do so Rather than having a a monopolistic system, won't one that dictates the parents based on the neighborhood in which they live, where their child may and may not go to school. We could do better as a country by giving parents more options. Families thrive when the parents are given options as to where they should send their child to school now. Ordinarily, these are decisions that have to be made at the state local level, most k12 public educationis. There are a few areas at the markets where the federal government can make a difference. Sometimes it involves lifting federal restrictions and that's why i appreciate you having this meeting here today. Mr.

president effect that you're willing to ask questions that haven't been asked for a long time. It'S going to open the door for more americans to get out of poverty and to climb into the middle class, and that's what our country is about and that's why i'm so glad that you're, supportive of school choice and educational pluralism? Okay. Mr. president, i want to thank you for your leadership on education and, in particular, school choice. You'Ve already signed into law the most significantfederal school choice; legislation - that's ever passed in the history of our country, and that was the vice president referred to it. That was expanding college 529 plans so that parents can use them for k through 12 education. I introduced that amendment in the senate. It was during the tax cut fight. It was 50/50 on the floor of the senate. The vice president came down at 1:00 in the morning to cast the tie-breaking vote on groundbreaking legislation that made a difference: 50 million kids. This next step and i've been proud to work with secretary of all secretary devos, has do an amazing job. She is a courageous and principled education secretary, but i've been proud towork hand in hand with her on legislation that would provide a hundred billion dollars in federal tax credits over ten years for k through 12 education and for workforce development.

If and when we pass this, this will be the most significant federal civil rights victory of modern times. This is all about millions of kids, millions of inner-city kids, millions of african american kids, millions of hispanic kids trapped right now, desperate for hope and giving them scholarships, and it is only the corrupt bureaucracy that it's telling them. No - and you are fighting the men and women around this table - are fighting to give every one of those kids a shot at the american dream. This isalso about about adults, about union members about men and women out of work, giving them workforce development and apprenticeship so that they can get good high-paying jobs and provide for their family. There is nothing on the domestic front that i believe will have a longer lasting legacy in your front presidency than if and when we get this done together. So thank you. Thank you, betsy. Mr. president, we know that education, freedom works. I'M so grateful for your leadership on this issue. I'M also grateful to the other elected leadership here that is taking this issue on in the states. The vice president for his leadership in indiana and now with you, i would love to hearfrom some of the students and their parents who are here and would would suggest that we do that and start with tara and sam mayer for your support on education, freedom, our Family, in particular, specifically with my son samuel, we were able to have a a big part in the passage of the john peterson special needs.

Scholarship in the state of ohio made a complete difference in the life of samuel and our family, and not only that, but in a tremendous number of families in our state, when samuel was was born, i was told not to have any high expectations for his life And i said: well, that's really something he's just an infant iwaited to send him to school until his sister could attend with him, and when i got to school they said, there's no need to be in a rush. Why don't you go home and take a six-and-a-half hour break and we have all the way until he graduates to teach him how to read, and i said that is completely unacceptable. I tried volunteering and and trying to get things done and finally, the fight was too big and i went up and i said why would you not want to do this? They said, maybe you should try somewhere else, and so i did. I took that on as a personal challenge and there were options in thestate of ohio starting to emerge, but there weren't any for children like staying with special needs and he was the forgotten child and i thought simply because of that need you know what he still Has a purpose and a hope and a future in our community and so sam being a very motivated individual. We took on that front as a family and we started lobbying at the state level and got the job peterson special new scholarship house and sam was one of the first individuals to take part in that, and it's amazing what was able to happen. We were able to take part in starting a program. A functional learning program in our community andthere are hundreds of students that have benefit, and i just want to say thank you for helping with that fight. Teachers are being held hostage. In my opinion, in the public system, by by not being able to give the opportunities that they could give with the resources that are available, simply because unions are grasping and holding on to those funds - and that was one of my new platforms when i was trying To get things passed for children like stay on the same, we should be allowed to make those choices. We, the parents, we know the children better than anyone else and given that opportunity and those resources we've been able to make a better educationsam, would you like to share a little bit about thanks for that's good school choice and i'm big do acts a a question About i am samuel myers and i am 25 years or school choice have my dreams come true and i have a job in my kemeny i find to - and i do friends with my friends - hmm family because of the skills i'm on my school hub meet on Bath i was to put in i made many friends because a part of my committee, my school and teachers out made on the newest girls and become the best i can be. I am making for that school and my choice and thanks for the personnelpick you for that and to fight thanks for to cheering, i mean my my stories making sure much in mind in my heart what that was beautifully done. I was a fantastic job.

Thank you. Very much [ laughter, ], rhonda, santa's, you've done a fantastic job with florida and i know ric was very much into it and now you've taken over and what a job you've done. Could you give us a little clue how to get it done in a large basis, very large basis, sure and as a newly minted florida resident? I think you'll appreciate that. I think we are the number one state for for school choice. We have almost a hundred and twenty thousandstudents on scholarship programs for low-income families. We have a tax credit scholarship and then a new family empowerment, scholarship that i was able to sign into law, and that is primarily single moms who are working hard, but they just don't have the resources to be able to send their kids to the best fit. It is, seventy percent are african-american and hispanic who are in this, and the demand keeps growing because it's work, but we also have programs of scholarship program. Almost 30,000 students in florida are on with a scholarships which are for students with disabilities, and then we have almost 12,000 students on. We call them gardner scholarships, that's for students with special needs. Asthings like autism. We have a thousand students on hope scholarships, which are scholarships that we created for students who are being bullied and are not being treated well in the school that their zone, for they have an opportunity to get in a better environment. And we have over three hundred thousand students in charter schools, which are public schools, but they're, just not run by the school district, they're run by other operators and here's an interesting stat.

I just asked my education, commissioner, to give me something interesting coming up here. If you take all those 300,000 students in florida and it's 69 percent, minority 50 plus percent type one - but if you take all of thosecharters and made that its own stage for rankings on a nation's report card, the nape scores, florida charters would rank number five in The nation on the name scores if they were its own stage, so that's pretty significant and then on our scholarship programs, particularly the need base, if you're on the program for four years or more you're, 40 % more likely to graduate from college than somebody who's. Similarly situated and so the results have been good there, but i think the thing that gets lost is the results have also been good for our school district. So, for example, miami-dade county is the number one performing large school district in the country. 70 % of the kidsin miami-dade county do not go to the school that they were zoned for and that's a combination of private schools choice, public charters, but they've also really embraced. Magnet programs and all these other things, so you have a big diverse, all these languages being spoken. Yet the achievement has been better than other districts in the country, and the final thing i'll say is what school choice is done and as a businessman you'll appreciate it. It'S given an opportunity for entrepreneurship. What we find happening is teachers who are in particularly inner-city their public school teachers, and they go through this and they're very experienced. They say you know what. If i could make three or fourchanges, we could get better results, but i can't because of the bureaucracy, so they start their own private schools and because we have the scholarship program, they know that they can make it work because, obviously their market would not have enough Income to be able to do it, so it's allowed for these educational entrepreneurs to come and really do some great things in the state of florida. So i think, as a florida resident, you proud, you should be proud of the stuff going on there and obviously want to keep the momentum going and we're also very proud of florida had the best year economically, its ever had this history and okeechobee.

As you know, alot of money went into okeechobee and the okeechobee dam and all other aspects of it and that's now on its way to being fixed. Finally, after many many decades of wanting to do it and we've also spent a lot of money on the everglades and they've done a fantastic job in the everglades, but you've had the best economic you've ever had so. Congratulations. Thank you. Thank you great. You walter about saying a few words well first off. Mr. president, mr. vice president, thank you so much for having me here, secretary devos. Thank you for your leadership on this particular issue. I always say that each and every one of you at this table fought forme before you even knew me and you're continuing to fight for millions of kids across the country. But we talk about the school to prison pipeline and, and that is a very real thing, especially i'm from ohio growing up in columbus.

I saw i lived it while some of my friends were going to sleep televised. I was going to sleep to gunshots, and so my education was my way out of that. My family didn't have a lot. They couldn't really give me everything that i needed or wanted, but my education was my ticket out of that lifestyle, and so there were people that i grew up with that are either in prison now or sixfeet under in the grave, and the only difference is. I had a way out my education allowed me to to get out of that situation. It opened me up to so much more than what i could even understand at that time. If you told fourth grader walter that he'd be sitting next to the president. Speaking on a topic that he's passionate about and that changed his life, he wouldn't he wouldn't believe my parents, even to this day, would not have believed of the unlimited opportunity and potential that i've had because of my education. So that's that's my story in a nutshell, but but mr. president, mr. vice president, everyone around this table senator senator cruzrepresented, burned. I'M leading this charge.

Thank you so much to say that it means a lot is an understatement. This changed my life and for for people in my neighborhood, it's not it's not maybe he'll get that education. Maybe you won't know this is life or death and because of the work that each and every one of you have done, i'm here today. Thank you. [ applause ]. Thank you so much for having me here today. Mr. president, mr. vice president, thank you secretary devos. If everyone around the table for all your advocacy in the work that she's done similar to altar, i would not be here. Had it not been for the people around this tabledoing the work that they do, i'm originally from newark new jersey, i'm the product of a charter school and my charter school literally saved my life and my family. I remember when my mom first told me that i was transferring from my regular district to be to a charter school.

I was very upset because i didn't want to go to a school where uniform. I did not want to wake up early. I didn't went to the extra work i just wanted. You know basically to just go to school and have fun, and when my mother put me into a school that was intentional' in its approach with all of us, it wasn't just about megoing to school. It was a school that was created for the community by the community to empower the community and that school literally wrapped his arms. Around myself, my sisters, my sister, went to a charter school now she's in the air force. You know we're the first people in our family to graduate from college, which has literally changed our life and just to bring it a little for a circle. One of my friends who was in originally in charge the with me who transferred out she'd, need to make it to 24th birthday. She was swallowed up by our community and not in a good way, because she didn't have the unity in her school it'sa really big year for her. So i'm so thankful for my charter school and for all the people here who have done the work to allow more charter, schools, open and more educational scholarships to be open. Thank you so much. Thank you very much.

[ applause, ], hello, everyone. My name is maile. Bowers, i am a current student at bishop mcdevitt high school when the best schools in my home state of pennsylvania. I would take like just like to take a moment to thank god. You know, leaders within the truck the administration, weather and those such as mike towards. I for their team, continuous work in advancing tax-credit college to programs like the one that allows meto attend my school, just what they're working their continued dedication in their devotion. You know school choice opens up doors that would otherwise be slam shut. You know just speaking as perspective as a young african-american male and a low-income neighborhood. You know it's more likely that i would be a drop out of high school or even in prison at this very moment than he was speaking before you out, like all of you at this moment, just you know discussing the importance of education, freedom for all children, Despite you know, zip codes by background spite race, and you know, i believe that that, in conjunction with you know, with school choice, nationwide available for all peopleand also, you know decisive and intentional investments into education reform that we will see. You know true change in our nation that that it will be just more than just you know, one moment in life. You know this hallway. It worked out for a few years that this could be a true pillar and change.

It could be true. The true foundation is in the layering, and i believe that all of american children again are, you know, deserve a fair chance, education, equality. Now, i'm just when i really thank you for your time. What do you want to do after education? What do you want to do after my education? I plan to attend penn stateone of the premier colleges in our state, and i want to pursue or studying, biology and minor in microbiology and biochemistry, hopefully, we'll go on to med school and become practicing psychiatrist. I could use you graduation samuel you. What are you want to? Do you out there now and you're doing? Well? What do you have planned? My pen is, i thrust in in here from white rice powers. Um, for i got. I mean many things at a new skills um and i need a business, coffee, cart and mike helping the coffee that wrote that paper. That'S great! That'S great ambition! That'S fantastic! That'S good! Thanks, samuel, beautiful job! Thank you very much! So walter whatdo, you have planned simulation. How are you yeah well, thank you for having me and it's been long since the joint address, so i i'm pleased to be here and thanks for hearing our stories. This is a very pressing issue and i thank you for your assertive leadership and the need to ensure that more students have access to success like we have. My name is denisha merriweather, where i come from.

I the whole depleted buildings, lack of community resources, decadence and poor public schools. I feel the 3rd grade twice attending my duval county public schools. I didn't it wasn't until i received the scholarship to attend a private school that my life's really changed, forthe better thanks to education, freedom, i became the first in my family to receive a high school diploma and then a master's degree. I now exercise school choice for my 17 year old sister to ensure that she receives a high school diploma. I want to personally thank my own governor desantis for empowering more students in the state of florida. Thank you. This year, more students have clearly impacts for more demand with almost 18,000 low-income students wanting the new scholarship, but the work is not doing. I know that all of you here at the table will continue to fight so that every student has the opportunity to receive a great education across this country too. Manychildren are having adverse childhood experiences in school and that's just wrong. The proposed legislation can definitely help all students deserve the freedom to choose. Action is required. Thank you so much for listening to our stories and thank you for your action.

[ applause ]. How about you've had a lot of experience exactly you've seen all different ways. What do you think, mr. president? Well, thank you for your courage because we're all arrayed against some very powerful forces out there to step out on this, like you have like the secretary, has means a lot. There are 85 sponsors for this piece of legislation. The house myself and 84 others and it's growing, because we're seeing your courage asan example for the rest of us to do the same thing now. Why would we do that? We would do that if you come from state like alabama, that's new to school choice in like florida, we're just beginning to see it. The secretary and i got to tour the first charter school in alabama a year and a half ago we met students that this is their last chance. They were high school students. This didn't work, they were done. Our newest charter, school in alabama, is in sumpter county. Very rural county - this is the first time i'm told that they've had integrated schools in that county in the 30 years, quality brought people together when iwas on the state school board.

25 years ago. In alabama, we came up with the failing school list, which i guess every state has every year, it's the same schools and if we lock those parents and their children into those same failing schools year after year, we're going to get terrible results and the worst part Of that, mr. president, is that you've all these jobs back to america? What doesn't do these people any good if they don't have the education it skills, it takes to fill those jobs so to realize on your education dream, but your dream for the next an economy. You have to do this, so those 85 are just 85 of ustoday, but with the secretary's help we're going to continue to grow that we're going to get every republican on this bill and start working on democrats as well, because this issue should be a democrat issue Or a republican issue, it should be an american issue because in america we don't take opportunity away from people, we give it to you. Thank you for your mr. president, i was just going to suggest that you may call on state representative john de bary over here, because i think he has some experience from the opposite perspective party perspective presidents. Vice president, secretary of the ball side, i appreciate being here - and i appreciate the fact that you're going toshepherd this thing's further, that we've been talking about so many years and as as we put a face on this. But these young folks sitting around the table, who have already spoken too often the kids, get lost their data, their statistics. There are numbers, but they put a face on it. I'Ve heard many times when we've talked about school choice over the years that we're going to cherry-pick and you're going to get the best students and things of this sort. My answer has always been, then, let's put more cherries on the tree. The fact of the matter is if, if we cherry pick a young man who can prepare himself one day to come, tothe white house or young men and women who can go to medical schools, these kids will be left out because everybody cherry picks every medical school.

Every law school every university that go for the best and the brightest. What we've got to do is make sure they are among the best in the brightest and that's why i support education choice when the young men spoke about many of his colleagues. Mr. president, the schoolhouse the jailhouse pipeline is wide open, thank god for criminal justice reform. That'S possibly going to help some of these folks. Hopefully we can interdict with education to keep them from going and before i stop my my eldest daughter is an attorneypast, the bar the first time when she was in the second grade. She was going to a school neighborhood school that she was assigned to. She came home with a note on her her jacket one day and my wife, who is deceased now, but she was in the second grade. We went to the school. My wife said: what's this about the teacher said your child can't read and my wife said: well, that's funny she could read when i sent it to you and and what realized was that school was not living up to what we expected for our child. I asked that my child be transferred from the class. They said.

No, i asked thatshe be transferred from that school. They said no, i went that same day. They got a second job, i put her in a private school and we paid tuition because she was my responsibility. Parents want the right to make that choice for their children. They don't want anybody else to make that choice. For them they pay taxes. Many of them are veterans, they paid for homes. They'Ve worked hard, they just want to say i want my kid to go to this school because i want them on a par with everybody else. I thank you so much again for what you've done. I hope you will continue until this gets passed. Thank you. Mr.

president, mr. vice president, my distinguished roundtable attendees, i am christina pryor, i'm a native washingtonian. I am a product of edition of columbia. Public school system have been graduated from the teaching professions academy at coolidge high school here in dc. I am the daughter of a retired dcps educator and i am also a former educator who was a parent of two wonderful boys, both of whom have earned need based and merit-based scholarships and they've, been educated in dcps. Explain the private school settings during his academic year. Excuse me, during his academic career, our eldest son jeremy earned the st. ignatius loyola award presented by then attorney general mr. eric holder, having graduated from college in may heis now, working in public relations and after our youngest son's school clothes. His public charter school closed. Just this past year, our youngest son jaden, is currently in private school. Through the years i continued to see educators doing phenomenal work in the classroom, whether it's public, private or otherwise.

Our children deserve to be educated and safe, loving, nurturing and cultivating environments that are conducive to learning and growing, and that produce results, but having access to excellent education is the key education. Freedom means to me that, as our children's very first teachers, parents have the power and choice to set them up for a lifetime of success. Since every child is unique, there is no onecookie cutter formula that works best in air for every person, but children our children certainly deserve access to any and all excellent educational experiences available. Scholarship opportunities certainly open those doors and the key, so those soars should be accessible to all lieutenant governor of texas and somebody that's very much involved in education and a fantastic job. Please thank you. Mr. president, a lot of us have been on this road long time for home school school choice, charter schools. Leadership on this issue means a lot to us. I don't think you never you never quit, because what you've realized that these parents of these students realize you cannot live the american dream without a quality joband, you can't have a quality job without a quality education, and when you deny a child, an education, you take Their entire life away from them they never had a chance to recover and has been has been said when you cut that pipeline in front of the schoolhouse to the jailhouse. That would be the previous prison reform bill. We have all ever fasted and we've joined you on that. As you know, we, so we have let on that in texas and in texas we have a robust charter program.

We we build up as fast as we can. We still have a hundred and fifty thousand parents, it seems like always in line because they wantthat opportunity and it's not to say we don't have some great quality public schools we do, but not every school is at a school in every child that every parent deserves. In a school one of the things that far has done is we've done in texas. Is we now grade every public, school district and every public school a through f? We grade the schools like they grade our kids and, as you know, governor it's me. It'S just been a tremendous difference and created competition and awareness of parents. Hey wait a minute. I thought my schools, it's only a see, i don't see school, so it it is. It is the civil rights issue of ourtime, as the brooke says, and thank you for me being bold on this. You know. In texas we have six million kids, that's more kids in school than 32 states and people it's a working system. Thank you very much. Anybody else like to say something very important issue: i'm rebecca friedreich's 28 year, california, public school teacher.

I served as lead plaintiff in friedreich's versus california teachers association, which led to freedom from forced unionism for all government employees in the united states. I'M also founder of for kids and country america's great teachers support school choice because we believe in putting the children first, but self serving unions infiltrated our profession and they pour hundreds of millionsof. Our dues money into defeating choice unions, claim to speak for teachers, but i'm here today to tell you they do not. The union i was forced to fund brought great damage to my own students, my profession, my own sons and ongoing harm to my niece, nicole. Nicole has a seizure disorder and even with special education support, she was earning d's and f's in public school and was severely depressed. We found an amazing charter school for nicole, with where teachers and children were empowered. Nicole'S grades soared two a's and b's and her self-worth skyrocketed too, but the status quo closed her high performing school now, nicole, is back to d's and f's and she'll onceagain. Tell me this christmas that she's, dumb and i'll do all. I can again to tell her that she's, brilliant and beautiful, but tragically she won't believe me because her report card and the union's get the final word well. America'S great teachers have had enough these abuses and thousands more or why we sued, cta and nea for freedom from forced unionism. The obama administration and california leadership intervened against us. The union's labeled us the spawns of satan, but ten courageous teachers stood in defense of children and our beloved profession.

We were poised to win, but justice scalia's death led to a tragic deadlock in our case, but we blazed the trail for another case andthanks to you, president trump and your appointments of justice for such all teachers are now free from forced unionism. Amazingly, we won on my birthday, but unions still have a stronghold they've harshly bullied great teachers for decades, they've silenced our voices and they are chasing many great teachers right out of the classroom. So i am here today to give voice to great teachers. America'S great teachers believe that parents and teachers must be empowered to work together. All children should receive an outstanding education in a safe school of their families. Choice, unions masquerading as teachers will fight education, freedom tooth and nail. You can count on it, but, mr. president, america's great teachers stand with youand secretary devos for education, freedom for every student. Thank you, mr. president. Thank you very much, i'm very lying the speaker of the house in pennsylvania and to you and to secretary devos. Thank you for leading on educational freedom.

It'S interesting a lot of times of the other side likes to paint. It is not enough money going to public schools. I'M gon na use miles public school district in that's me, harrisburg, our capital city. We spend well over 20,000 per student in that particular school district. It'S over twice the national average, yet the performance rates, despite the fact that that school district is been in receivership, a number of times, seven point: one percent proficiency, inalgebra nine point: three percent proficiency on biology in thirteen point: six percent proficiency in english, the mayor of Harrisburg the statement presentative represents particularly community. Each of them sends their children to private schools. Why? Wouldn'T everybody have that opportunity if they wanted to have that that decision we see the opportunity of school choice as being a way that one size does not fit all, and parents and grand parents and guardians can make those decisions like jocelyn who's miles long made. That decision we think that an infused educational improvement tax credit program we put one on the governor's desk with an escalator we added. We already have the program in place. We have continued to increaseit, we kind of leveraged opportunities to increase it, but we really went went big. He beat up. It was a mistake.

15,000 students on wait lists who are not able. The advantage of these particular scholarships we're going to continue to pursue that endeavor. But the proposal that you, the secretary senator cruz, is putting on the table where you're going to work, hand in hand with state tax credits. Dollar ships is going to provide so many opportunities for so many students all across the united states, and we truly support your work. We'Re going to continue to work strong with our state and thank you for your leadership. Thank you very much mike and you're doing agreat job and the restate stunning image of one of our wonderful states, they're doing really well the commonwealth as we say, and really good how things go and have economically records. Mr. president, the lowest unemployment rate in the court of time, thanks to the great work you're doing - and i will say our republican majorities in the state house and senate - have certainly been along similar messages. You and the vice president. But without a doubt you are bringing manufacturing opportunities and energy growth opportunities and energy independence to the great state of pennsylvania. You were down in beaver county in the western part of the state. 6500, skilled trades folks are building a petrochemical facility on abrownfield site and both national and state policy are moving in the right direction.

Our revenues. Mr. president, thanks to your tax cuts, your regulatory reform or revenues on the statewide level without increasing any taxes like the governor, wanted without increasing any taxes, grew by 6. 4 percent. We haven't seen that kind of growth in a very long period of time. Without a doubt, your leadership is making that happen. Thank you very much jen. You have more good news because you, steel industries, as you know, yeah, because of tariffs, we text very heavily. We text the dumping of steel. The steel companies are doing incredibly well. Us just invested where it's about to invest a billion dollarsbehind their policies. Now they were ready to close up all of them and now they're doing great one of the really incredible untold stories the steel come and we need our steel companies for defense if nothing else, but we need our steel companies.

So you've had some very good news in pennsylvania. Thank you mike. Thank you for a piece yet so that's the story. We'Re working hard on education, two things that are happening at a rapid rate like we haven't seen before and betsy. I want to thank you very much great job and we'll get it done. This group will get it done some fantastic representatives here and you will you'll knock it out. Readilyso, good luck with everything. Okay! Thank you all very much. [ applause, ], [ applause, ] on us mca, i'm hearing very good things, i'm hearing from unions and others that it's looking good and i hope they put it up to a vote and if they put up to a vote, it's gon na pass. A lot of democrats want to pass it too, and we look forward to that. But i'm hearing they're doing very well. It'S replacing probably the worst trade deal ever made, which was nafta, and this is one of the best trade deals ever made for our country, and we have some other ones coming to japan.

We did south korea and some others that are very importantbut. This is a very big deal: that's the biggest border in the world economically, believe it or not our southern border and our canadian border does a lot of business, but the southern border - people don't realize the largest number in terms of dollars, the biggest in the world By far, not even close and with canada very big, so this is the u. s. mca and i'm hearing a lot of strides have been made over the last 24 hours with unions and others. So thank you all very much. The idea now watch a little bit very little. It'S a disgrace, it's a disgrace to our country, it's a hoax and it should never ever be allowed tohappen again, thank you all very much wow you.

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