Author: Roger Mooney

Education savings account helped make this child’s room a ‘destination’

Roman Scott’s bedroom has two walls painted orange and two painted blue. On the floor is a rug with the design of a two-lane road wending its way through a small town. A train set sits on the rug, because Roman, 4, loves trains. And there is a stack of[Read More…]

Private school enrollment continues to grow

The president of a Tampa firm that provides modular building construction services can sum up the demand for modular and portable buildings in one word: Incredible. Many of the calls Dave Kuczar of Alternative Building Solutions has received lately are coming from private school administrators who want to create space[Read More…]

How a great-grandmother and a school choice scholarship changed the lives of two young girls

Editor’s note: This story about how one family is participating in the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program first appeared on Step Up For Students’ sister blog. On a Friday morning in March 2020, a judge granted Sharon Strickland temporary custody of her great-granddaughter, Savannah. The little girl, 8 at the[Read More…]

Elisabeth’s story: From a mom’s worst nightmare to a mom’s best dream

Elisabeth Edwards came home from school one afternoon and told her mom that she wanted to die. She was 6. Elisabeth was stupid, she told her mom. That’s how they made her feel at school. She questioned why God made her that way. She questioned why God made her at[Read More…]

Latin, Julius Caesar and a second chance at senior year

DAVIE, Fla. – Josh Carlson pulled up a chair in his guidance counselor’s office at American Preparatory Academy, turned and greeted a visitor. “Salve,” he said, which is Latin for “hello.” The previous summer, the one he should have spent preparing for his freshman year of college, he taught himself[Read More…]