Parent Voices

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…]

New network is connecting state charter school authorizers and districts that recognize, value charters

Editor’s note: This commentary from three leaders in the charter school arena – Melissa Brady, executive director of the Florida Association of Charter School Authorizers; Alex Medler, executive director of the Colorado Association of Charter School Authorizers; and Tom Hutton, executive director of California Charter Authorizing Professionals; appeared Monday on[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…]

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…]

National charter school leader predicts greater grassroots involvement in public education post-pandemic

Debbie Veney already had earned a journalism degree from Howard University when the nation’s first public charter school, City Academy Charter School in St. Paul, Minnesota, opened its doors nearly 30 years ago. She enjoyed the benefits of education choice by attending a Catholic school. “It was small and very[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…]