Today, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos visited Royal Palm Elementary with Miami-Dade Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, where they toured the school, read to students, and spoke with teachers and administrators. Secretary DeVos then continued on to Miami Dade College, where she met with President Eduardo J. Padrón and toured the college's Miami Animation and Gaming International Complex.
Following the visits, Secretary DeVos issued the following statement:
"I want to thank Superintendent Carvalho for inviting me to visit Miami-Dade Public Schools and Royal Palm Elementary for hosting us. I was impressed and inspired by the dedication shown by these teachers and was able to see firsthand the positive impact they are having on their students.
"I also thank President Padrón and the students and faculty of Miami Dade College for facilitating a productive and informative visit. Miami Dade College's combination of four and two-year programs is but one of the many ways in which they provide flexibility to students and give them the skills to succeed in and out of the classroom.
"Miami-Dade Public Schools do a fantastic job of providing parents with a wide range of options to meet the diverse needs of individual students. This student-centric approach is one that should be applauded, and I hope school districts across the country look to them as an example."
Continuing her commitment to visit schools serving diverse populations, Secretary DeVos visited seven schools this week. On Monday, Secretary DeVos visited Kimberly Hampton Elementary, a Department of Defense Education Activity school on Fort Bragg, NC. Wednesday, the Secretary joined with First Lady Melania Trump and Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan in a tour of Excel Academy in Washington, DC, the city's first all-girls charter school. To begin her trip to Miami, Secretary DeVos visited three schools on Thursday: CARE Elementary, Florida International University and SLAM Academy.
"Each of these schools has risen to the challenge of serving students with unique needs," Secretary DeVos said. "I applaud their efforts to help kids reach their full potential."