Of all the changes President Trump intends to make, reforming America’s educational system will be one of the toughest, if only because of the intensity of Democratic opposition.
To even take any steps towards accomplish this, Trump will need the help and support of the American people. By presenting Denisha Merriweather’s remarkable success story on Tuesday night, he likely went a long way towards getting just that.
“Joining us tonight in the gallery is a remarkable woman, Denisha Merriweather,” Trump said, as he introduced her in the gallery. “As a young girl Denisha struggled in school, and failed third grade twice, but then she was able to enroll in a great learning center … with the help of a tax credit and a scholarship program. Today she is the first in her family to graduate not just from high school, but from college. Later this year she will get her master’s degree in social work. We want all children to be able to break the cycle of poverty, just like Denisha.”
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) March 1, 2017
Merriweather credits the fact that she was able to attend private school, thanks to help from Florida’s tax-credit scholarship program, to literally turning her life around.
The Florida program “gives corporations tax breaks when they donate to nonprofits that then distribute the money in the form of scholarships to private and religious schools,” according to the Washington Post.
— Ann Wagner (@RepAnnWagner) March 1, 2017
And this isn’t the young lady’s first rodeo. In fact, Merriweather has been a vocal supporter of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and participated on a panel of speakers with DeVos at the RNC last summer. She has also testified before Congress. In a piece supportive of DeVos for The Hill published last December, Merriweather wrote:
This expanding educational landscape is nothing to be feared. It is not about pitting one school or school type against another. It’s simply about giving parents more options to find the school that works best for their children. As one of the nation’s most passionate advocates for school choice and greater educational opportunities for at-risk children, this is a lesson that DeVos can help the entire nation learn.
But whatever Trump or people who support any of his programs do, haters are always gonna hate, especially when it comes to an African-American who is expected to stay on the Democratic plantation on all issues.
Sadly and unsurprisingly, Denisha paid a price on social media for daring to be successful and making a brave stand for others to have their chance.
Denisha, sit down girl. You accomplished all of those things during the Obama admin. Trump's just tokenizing you. #JointAddress
— Denae Joseph (@DenaeRandeen) March 1, 2017
— Matt Ryan (@MattRyan7) March 1, 2017
For every Denisha (?) who accomplished what she did via private school, tens of thousands did so via public school. What's your point Trump?
— Talibah Mawusi (@TalibahMawusi) March 1, 2017
— CurrentMood🌗 (@AtThisMomentNow) March 1, 2017
— normmaker (@normmaker) March 1, 2017
Thankfully, not everyone is parroting the leftist talking points…
— Lawrence B. Jones III (@LawrenceBJones3) March 1, 2017
— Joel Pollak (@joelpollak) March 1, 2017
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