Gardiner Scholarship

Education savings accounts offer creative solutions for students with learning differences

Chrissy Weisenberger is one busy mom. With five children, including 3-year-old twin boys and two daughters who are both on the autism spectrum, homeschooling the whole brood made the most sense for the family. It allows her to design each child’s learning plan to best fit his or her educational[Read More…]

Commentary: All scholarship families deserve spending flexibility

Editor’s note: This opinion piece from Sara Pierre of Sunrise appeared online Thursday at the South Florida Times. Twenty years ago, I came to this country from Haiti seeking a better life. Today, I’m a single mother to six special-needs children, all of whom also have sickle cell disease. There[Read More…]

How education savings accounts support education choice

Editor’s note: Six states – Arizona, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee, Nevada and North Carolina – have crafted education savings account programs as a means for families to exercise choice in finding the best educational environment for their children. Here is how the program works in Florida. THE BASICS Q: What are[Read More…]

Horse therapy opens new world for blind teen

Editor’s note: You can read an earlier story about Sarah Clanton here. Be sure to watch the video of Yvonne Clanton telling Sarah’s story at the end of this post. Yvonne Clanton realizes some might question why a state scholarship would pay for kids to ride horses. She wondered herself,[Read More…]

Commentary: Choice advocate dispels myths about education savings accounts

Editor’s note: This piece from Katie Swingle, an active school choice parent and advocate in Polk County, appeared in the Lakeland Ledger in response to a column published in the Ledger in February. As a mother whose children benefit from Florida education scholarships, I was offended by the recent “Your[Read More…]

podcastED: redefinED interview with ‘multiple choice’ mom Stephanie Conner

On this episode, redefinED senior writer Lisa Buie speaks with Stephanie Conner, a mother of four from the tiny town of LaBelle, Florida. The former teacher and her husband, Joel, an adult education teacher, use the Gardiner Scholarship for their son, Eli and daughter, Madeline. Their younger children, Meizie and[Read More…]

Commentary: Flexibility in education will help families like mine

Editor’s note: This commentary from Patrice Whitfield of Jacksonville explains how her three younger children have benefited from state scholarship programs – and how her three older children could have benefited had the scholarship been available sooner. As a mother of six, I’ve seen my share of struggles, especially when[Read More…]