President Trump delivers his inaugural address after taking the oath of office. (Shawn Thew/European Pressphoto Agency)

For the record, President Trump mentioned America’s schools in his inaugural address. He did it in the same sentence in which he mentioned mothers and children trapped in poverty, rusted-out factories and gangs and drugs.

This is what he said:

At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction, that a nation exists to serve its citizens. Americans want great schools for their children, safe neighborhoods for their families and good jobs for themselves. These are just and reasonable demands of righteous people and a righteous public.

But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists: mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system flush with cash, but which leaves our young and beautiful students deprived of all knowledge; and the crime and the gangs and the drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed our country of so much unrealized potential.

This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.

Public schools deprive students of all knowledge?

Trump in the past has criticized the country’s public school system and said he wants to spend $20 billion to encourage states to promote programs that use taxpayer dollars for private-school tuition. He has called public schools “government schools,” as his website shows: “It is time for school choice to help free children from failing government schools and close the achievement gap. School choice is the civil rights issue of our time.”

But this may be the first time he has claimed that students attend and leave America’s public schools gaining no knowledge at all.