It was an honor to host Vice President Mike Pence at the Wisconsin State Capitol on Tuesday for National School Choice Week. The Wisconsin School Choice Showcase also celebrated 30 years of school choice in our state. His visit is the first ever of a sitting President or Vice President at the state Capitol. The Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos also made the trip. Both highlighted the fact that Wisconsin is the national birthplace of school choice in their remarks at the rally in the Capitol rotunda.
I would like to thank Secretary DeVos and Vice President Pence for travelling to Wisconsin to be part of the historic celebration. School Choice started with seven schools and 300 students in Wisconsin. Three decades later, the program has grown to more than 40,000 students because more parents want to choose the best school for their children.
Repeating what I said to the crowd of students, teachers and school choice supporters, I believe Wisconsin needs more and not less educational freedom. We all know school choice produces results. Studies have found if you attend a choice or charter school, you are more likely to graduate high school and college. As long as Republicans control the legislature, I promise school choice will continue to grow in Wisconsin.