Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Issues Statement on Visit to Excel Academy with First Lady Melania Trump and Queen Rania of Jordan

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Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos Issues Statement on Visit to Excel Academy with First Lady Melania Trump and Queen Rania of Jordan

April 5, 2017

Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, First Lady Melania Trump and Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan visited Excel Academy in Washington, DC. After touring the school and speaking with parents, teachers and students, Secretary DeVos issued the following statement:

"As we bring our education system into the 21st century, it is important we highlight the many types of different schools serving the varied and unique needs of individual students.

"Excel Academy is a shining example of a school meeting the needs of its students, parents and community. As Washington's first public charter school for girls, Excel Academy shows the transformation that can happen when parents are empowered to choose the education setting that best fits their child's individual needs, and when kids are given a true chance to learn and thrive. The school's focus on STEM education prepares its students for success in high-potential fields that need more female representation.

"I'm honored to have joined First Lady Melania Trump and Queen Rania Al-Abdullah in visiting this exemplary school. I thank Excel Academy for shaping these young women's lives in a positive and meaningful way."