"Every day, I look at our students' faces and see our future leaders. This is why I want the best for every student and advocate for the parents/guardians of these students so they feel empowered to make the best school choice for their children whether they choose our school or somewhere else. At the end of the day, the ultimate reason why I am an advocate for School Choice now is my desire to see ALL students get quality education and access to every resource out there, no matter their ethnicity, economic status, gender, disability or level of academic achievement."
- Patrice Holmes, administrator & educator
"As parents, we know our children. we know their strengths and weaknesses and we know what makes them tick. For those who have more than one child, you know what works for one may not necessarily work for the other. What the Choice Scholarship does is open up options that allow parents to decide what is best for their children. They are not forced to have their children be educated in a one size fits all educational environment. "
- Karinya Chrisler, parent
"School Choice makes sense as the funding for education should follow the child for whom the funding was intended.... I want to express my gratitude to the legislators of our great state who have taken up the cause to trail blaze this effort. I would like to see the momentum grow to include all children regardless of socio-economic differences.... We have one shot, as a parent, to raise a child. We have one shot to educate a child in their formative years of Kindergarten through 12th grade."
- Joan Woods, parent
"I'm an adoptive mom of three and I was blessed to get to stay home with my children. Once they started heading to school, the anxiety hit hard. I realized they would be spending the best part of their days somewhere other than my home with someone other than me...and that was tough for me to process. I needed to know they would be in a place where they would not only get a high quality education, but also be genuinely loved. The school we were able to choose meets both those criteria, they put a huge focus on faith, character development, and the values that are important to our family."
- Samantha Crook, parent
"The day I heard about the benefit of the SGO is forever etched in my mind. I remember crying tears of joy and thankfulness.... As a parent, it is very important to me to know that when I send my daughters off to school, they will be in an educational setting that instills this faith while they’re away from home for 7, 8, sometimes 9 hours a day.Our schools provide an excellent education, while instilling and supporting the values that we are teaching our children at home."
- Nichole Firestine, parent
"I chose Christel House DORS because as an undocumented student, I felt that there was no way I could go to college. College tuition for people who aren’t citizens is almost three times as much as in-state tuition. As a mother of two and the head of the household, there was just no way I could go to school. Christel House provided my education and paid for my son’s daycare. In addition to my diploma, Christel House DORS paid for 19 college credits and certification classes in first aid and forklift driving."
- Lesvi De la Cruz, student
"This state has an army of educators who know that the quality of the school, how the school stacks up with high standards of accountability, matters much more than the type of school. Great results are the most important thing. Teacher leaders are ready and willing to continue to support school choice and continue to build those unique, rigorous, perfectly tailored opportunities for every single student of every differing ability, of every demographic, in every neighborhood, for every county of the entire state...and we are ready now."
- Erika Haskins, school leader
"One important factor to us was having a K-6 elementary school. We felt our daughter would do we best by staying in one building until transitioning to a middle school or junior high. The school we choose offered this setting, and even though we didn’t live in the district or even the same county, we were allowed to do a cross district transfer."
- Keri Hunter, parent
"I teach social studies and reading to fifth and sixth graders at Holy Angels Catholic School. I really have to say that Holy Angels is a family.... I have a 7-year-old daughter and a 9-year-old son, and they both go to Holy Angels.... What stands out the most about Holy Angels is that they really take pride in their African American culture, but celebrate diverse cultures as well. It’s nice to see the kids’ eyes light up when we talk about their culture.I couldn’t ask for a better place to work."
- Clara Tucker, parent & educator
"At the public school my children were not being challenged mentally, physically, and spiritually. With my children being at the school for seven hours I wanted to ensure they were getting everything they could out of their education. The voucher program has allowed my children a top notch educational experience where they are mentally challenged. "
- Mary Ellen Thomas, parent
"Through all my research it was a great surprise to find that the school where I made memories and grew as a person has improved significantly. Now it’s been an 'A' school for the last three years, and their graduation rate has increased from 50% to over 90%. The improvements would not have happened without our state passing laws making schools more accountable. Because of accountability, the school I graduated from will actually be a possibility for my daughter."
- Brittany Hoke, parent