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Trump visits Catholic school in Florida to show school choice support


  • U.S. President Donald Trump chats with students from St. Andrew Catholic School in Orlando, Fla., March 3. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos also joined the president. (CNS photo/Jonathan Ernst, Reuters)
  • U.S. President Donald Trump holds hands with Henry Fortier, superintendent of Catholic schools in the Diocese of Orlando, Fla., during a visit to St. Andrew Catholic School in Orlando March 3. Principal Latrina Peters-Gipson sits between them. (CNS photo/Jonathan Ernst, Reuters)
  • U.S. President Donald Trump and U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos pray with parents and teachers at St. Andrew Catholic School in Orlando, Fla., March 3. (CNS photo/Jonathan Ernst, Reuters)

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ORLANDO, Fla. (CNS) -- Marcus Millien stood patiently as a teacher of St. Andrew School straightened his black, yellow and white necktie.

She wanted to make sure he looked his best since he would be presenting his personal education story to the president of the United States.

As daunting a prospect that might be for a teen, truth be told the teacher looked more nervous than 16-year-old Millien, a junior at Bishop Moore High School in Orlando and a graduate of St. Andrew.

Flashing a confident smile, Millien knew what he wanted to say during a roundtable discussion about the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program to President Donald Trump.

On March 3, the president and other dignitaries toured the predominantly black school in which 70 percent of students benefit from the school choice scholarship program.

Trump was joined by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, U.S. 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. The visit, which was private, was dubbed as a listening session.

During a roundtable discussion, the president heard from parents, teachers and students, including Millien.

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