During American Education Week, we recognize that the
foundation of the American Dream is a quality education
that instills lifelong skills and develops strong
character. All our Nation's children deserve the chance
to be successful, to live fulfilling lives, and to give
back to our communities. As parents, teachers, and
advocates, we recommit to ensuring that all children in
America have a meaningful opportunity to harness their
Parents and guardians are the best advocates for their
children's success. Through engagement with teachers
and local school boards, parents have the power to
shape their children's education. The importance of
family and community involvement is why I signed an
Executive Order earlier this year to protect and
preserve State and local control over the curriculum,
administration, and personnel of our country's schools.
Moreover, we must protect parents' access to a wide
range of high-quality educational choices, including
strong public, charter, magnet, private, online,
parochial, and homeschool options. Each child is
precious and unique, and we must enable our communities
to provide a range of schooling options, which will
allow students to thrive and prepare them to be
successful in adulthood.
My Administration understands that the quality of our
Nation's education shapes our future. We must equip
students with the tools and skills they need to succeed
in the workforce of tomorrow. In September, I directed
the Department of Education to prioritize increasing
high-quality education programs in science, technology,
engineering, and mathematics for students across our
Nation. Additionally, I signed an Executive Order to
make it easier for companies to provide much needed
apprenticeship programs. By promoting lifelong learning
and continuing to ensure relevant postsecondary
education is more accessible to students, we can help
all Americans achieve their dreams.
This week, we also reiterate the vital importance of
family involvement in education. Whether that means
checking homework, setting high expectations, or
establishing healthy evening and morning routines,
schools rely on families to accelerate student
achievement. When families devote time and effort to
their children's education, students earn higher
grades, have more positive attitudes about school and
homework, and are more likely to graduate. There can be
no greater investment than into the success of our
As we celebrate American Education Week, we are
reminded of the vital importance of education for our
children, for our communities, and for our world.
Education unlocks a world of opportunity, something
every American deserves.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, DONALD J. TRUMP, President of the
United States of America, by virtue of the authority
vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the
United States, do hereby proclaim November 12 through
November 18, 2017, as American Education Week. I
commend our Nation's schools, their teachers and
leaders, and the parents of students across this land.
And I call on States and communities to support high-
quality education to meet the needs of all students.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this
tenth day of November, in the year of our Lord two
thousand seventeen, and of the Independence of the
United States of America the two hundred and forty-second.