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MATEO WILLIAMS

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My son is ten years old. He is very energetic, adventurous, enjoys physical activities and playing outdoors. He enjoys rock climbing and spending time with his cousins.

My son has an IEP and we just moved into the Glendale school district. Our assigned district school didn’t meet his needs, so he was moved to Glendale Success Academy. It’s still in the Glendale elementary school district but it’s a charter school that focuses more on social-emotional education and behavior. The first thing I liked about this school is that they are supportive of his IEP. The second thing we like is that they are more motivated to move him into a general education classroom. The third thing we like most is that they are quick with responses and his teachers are always accessible.

I’ve used the Empowerment Scholarship Account in the past and it helped when my son was in a Montessori based school. I could only afford half the day on my own, but with the ESA scholarship he was covered for the entire school day and supported with additional services like art therapy outside of school.

It’s important that families can exercise school choice because it gives the child and family more options and support in furthering their child’s education. Parents should be able to choose where they want their child to go to school. If some schools are tuition based these scholarships can help in closing the gap and help parents access a good education for their child.

“Parents should be able to choose where they want their child to go to school. If some schools are tuition based these scholarships can help in closing the gap and help parents access a good education for their child.”

School choice means having the opportunity for a family and children to choose an A-plus school regardless of distance, ratings, race, socio-economics, and education level. So many times I see families and students not feeling welcome at certain schools because of race and learning levels. This comes off to me like discrimination. Neither of those things should give a school the right to tell you whether your child fits their setting or not.

BECOME A VOICE FOR CHOICE
BECOME A VOICE FOR CHOICE