Author: Roger Mooney

Florida student fighting for life since birth benefits from education choice scholarship for children with unique abilities

OKEECHOBEE – Peyton Williams entered this world with a damaged heart, a damaged airway and hardly any hope from doctors who examined her the day she was born. They told her mother her baby wouldn’t survive her first 24 hours. Then she was told Peyton wouldn’t live to her first birthday.[Read More…]

Right education environment leads to bright futures

MIAMI – Louise Janvier uses the word “environment” often when talking about education choice and how it can rescue a child. “Sometimes, when a kid is going to go through things in life, they have to be in the right environment in order to pull through,” she said. “Some of them don’t pull[Read More…]

Education choice scholarship provides job skills, confidence to Florida teen

JACKSONVILLE, Florida – Not every student at North Florida School of Special Education rides Chief within minutes of meeting the big horse, but that’s what James Guha did one day during the summer of 2021. Oh, it took some encouraging and a little cajoling from Andrew Sack, the barn manager. Chief is big[Read More…]

King family offers a dozen reasons why ‘one size doesn’t fit all’ when it comes to education

LAKE MARY, Florida – The King family is together on a Saturday morning – and that means kids everywhere. Christy and Troy King have 16 children, including 11 who were adopted. The oldest is a college graduate who lives on her own. Three are off to college in Ohio. That leaves[Read More…]

Florida tax credit scholarship puts ‘natural caregiver’ on a path for success

Willette Treadway wants to help. She wants to help her classmates, teachers, and administrators at North Florida School of Special Education, where she is in the Secondary 3 classroom. She wants to help her family and friends. She wants to help the homeless population in Jacksonville. “One thing about me,” Willette[Read More…]

Florida Tax Credit Scholarship makes it possible for Miami student to dream big

Like nearly every football-playing high school senior in the country, Khairi Muhammad dreams of an All-American college career that leads to his selection near the top of the NFL Draft. The desire fuels him, sometimes waking him in the middle of the night with a burst of adrenalin so strong[Read More…]

Of courage, basketball, and conquering obstacles: Justin Williams’ story

OCOEE, Fla. – Justin Williams was 8 when he underwent surgery to allow more room for his brain to grow. For two months, he wore a halo brace and a plate on the roof of his mouth to push the bones in his face forward, one agonizing millimeter at a time.[Read More…]

Better options for their daughter included a move to America and an education choice scholarship

Roberto Porras was at his job as a pharmaceutical rep in his native Venezuela when his wife, Ony, called with the news that she was pregnant. It was the spring of 2003, and Roberto, overjoyed at the thought of becoming a dad, was concerned about the baby’s future in a[Read More…]