A student’s defense of school choice

Cheick Diallo started out Tuesday morning looking a little nervous. In a few minutes, the high school senior would be giving a presentation to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, who decided to visit Providence Cristo Rey High School while she was in town.

It turns out Diallo didn’t have anything to be nervous about. He, along with five classmates, told DeVos about their experiences at the school and the corporate work study program that makes Cristo Rey schools unique. Detroit is home to one of these Catholic schools, too.

For Diallo, who has clocked many hours at Eli Lilly, the global pharmaceutical company based in Indianapolis, the experience at Cristo Rey has been “life changing.” He’s gained confidence, direction and discovered he’s an extrovert.

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