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Trump visits Catholic school in Florida

March 07, 2017

President Donald Trump visited St. Andrew Catholic School in Orlando on March 3 and touted school-choice legislation during remarks at a parent-teacher conference listening session.

Bishop John Noonan of Orlando offered a prayer before the session.

“St. Andrew’s Catholic School represents one of the many parochial schools dedicated to the education of some of our nation’s most disadvantaged children,” said Trump. “But they’re becoming just the opposite very rapidly through education and with the help of the school-choice programs.”

The president added:

As I’ve often said in my address to Congress and just about anyplace else I can speak, education is the civil rights issue of our time. And it’s why I’ve asked Congress to support a school-choice bill. And we’ve come a long way.


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  • Posted by: space15796 - Mar. 07, 2017 7:42 PM ET USA

    Has anyone wondered about the potential downside of government money going to parochial education? That is, these funds seldom come with no strings attached. There must be safeguards against the government deciding what students should learn, and when and how they should learn it.

  • Posted by: unum - Mar. 07, 2017 6:04 PM ET USA

    I have been in the church and the school, and the quality of education is a miracle because of the St. Andrew's staff and the Florida laws for education children in failing schools. St. Andrew's is in a tough multi-cultural neighborhood where the children need all the help they can get! Catholic education is meeting their needs.