Heart of Choice

Best of 2021: Interview with district schoolteacher, private school mom Marie Echevarria

Editor’s note: reimaginED is proud to reintroduce to our readers our best content of 2021. This podcast from senior writer Lisa Buie originally published on July 27. On this episode, redefinED senior writer Lisa Buie speaks with the single mother of a 9-year-old and teacher of English language learners at[Read More…]

A parent’s story: Every family deserves a choice

Editor’s note: This first-person essay from Georgia mother Desiree Williams was adapted from the American Federation for Children’s Voices for Choice website. My name is Desiree Williams, and I am the parent of a 16-year-old named Kyle. My son has been attending Central Christian School in Sharpsburg, Ga., since sixth grade.[Read More…]

I believe in public schools, but they just weren’t working for my son

Editor’s note: This essay from Los Angeles mother, law professor and essayist LaToya Baldwin Clark first appeared on Education Post. “The wolf took one last look at his mother and father…” My son is reading aloud in the other room. I hear his little voice recounting the story of a[Read More…]

A parent’s story: Thankful that Florida’s school choice programs offer hope to special needs students

Editor’s note: This first-person essay from Florida mother Stephanie Rodriguez was adapted from the American Federation for Children’s Voices for Choice website. I have three children. My younger two, Giana and Javier, have autism. I am thankful for the scholarship my children received to attend STARS Autism School. Before STARS, Giana was in a[Read More…]

A parent’s story: How the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship benefited all of us

Editor’s note: This first-person essay from Florida mother Sharifah Lee was adapted from the American Federation for Children’s Voices for Choice website. I am a hometown Florida girl, born of parents who came to this country with seven children. My siblings and I are the product of public schools. Because[Read More…]

podcastED: Scholarship mom discusses the challenges of finding the best educational fit for her children with dyslexia

  On this episode, reimaginED senior writer Lisa Buie talks with Shannon Bloodworth, a parent and education choice advocate from Archer, a small community 15 miles southwest of Gainesville, Florida. Her daughter, Ella, 11, and son, Holton, 7, receive the Family Empowerment Scholarship for students with Unique Abilities. https://www.redefinedonline.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Lisa_ShannonBloodworth_EDIT.mp3 Bloodworth[Read More…]

A parent’s story: ‘My child needed somebody other than her mother to believe in her’

Editor’s note: This first-person essay from Florida mother Juanita Fugate debuted on the American Federation for Children’s Voices for Choice website. My daughter started having trouble with school around the time she entered middle school. Her grades, and consequently her behavior, started to take a turn for the worse. The[Read More…]

A parent’s story: ‘These children are our future doctors, our lawyers’

Editor’s note: This first-person essay from Florida mother Katrina Gray debuted on the American Federation for Children’s Voices for Choice website. I have two sons. My oldest attended a private school on a Florida Tax Credit Scholarship and he’s now graduated from college. I was so impressed with the school and[Read More…]