Philadelphia student at State of the Union receives scholarship

Janiyah Davis will receive a scholarship to a school of her choice.
4:55 | 02/05/20

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The next step forward and building an inclusive society is making sure that every young American gets a great education. And the opportunity to achieve the American dream. Yet for too long countless American children. Have been trapped. In failing government schools. To rescue these students eighteen states have created school choice in the form of opportunity scholarships. For programs is so popular that tens of thousands of students remain. On a waiting list. One of those students. These deny it Davis a fourth grader. From Philadelphia to nine. Deny his mom Stephanie is a single parent. She would do anything to give her daughter a better future. But last year that future was put further out of reach when Pennsylvania's governor. Vetoed legislation to expand school choice to 151000. Children. Janata and Stephanie. Are in the gallery. Stephanie thank you so much for being here. With your beautiful daughter thank you very much. Richard I have some good news for you. Because I am pleased to inform you that you're a long wait is over I can proudly announce tonight. That an opportunity scholarship has become available is going to you. And you will soon be heading. To this school of your choice. Okay. Now I call on congress to give one million American children the same opportunity. Janata has just received. Passed the education. Freedom scholarships. And opportunities act. Because no parent should be forced to send their child. To a failing government school. I. Every young person. Should have a safe and secure environment in which to learn and to grow. For this reason. Our magnificent First Lady has launched would be best initiative to advance his safe healthy. Supportive and drug free life for the next generation. Auto line in school. And in our communities. Thank you maulana you have for your extraordinary love and profound care for America's children thank you very much. It. My administration. Is determined to give our citizens the opportunities they need. Regardless of age or background. Through our pledge to American workers over 400 companies will also provide new jobs and education opportunities. To almost fifteen million Americans. My budget also contains an exciting vision for our nation's high schools. Tonight I ask congress to support our students and back my plan to or for vocational. And technical education. In every single high school in America. Okay. To expand equal opportunity. I am also proud that we achieved record. And permanent funding. For our nation's historically black colleges. And universities.

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