I am a single parent of three school-age children, and I, like so many parents in DeSoto County support the Mississippi Charter School bill.
Each morning, Monday through Friday, I wake up at 5:30 a.m. to get dressed, eat and make the 17-mile drive to school. I, like so many parents in DeSoto County, cross the state line each morning to take my children to a school that best meets their needs.
I made the decision to take the kids to a school outside my district and state after three years of frustrations with the lack of attention my son was receiving in the DeSoto County School System.
From kindergarten through the second grade, he struggled like so many boys do. Reading was a huge challenge for him, so I did what any good parent would do: I hired a tutor, talked with his teacher and even his principal so that we could "make a plan." I was told time after time by his teachers that they had too many students in their classroom and couldn't take the time out to give my son the help that he needed.
There are so many children throughout our state that are slipping through the cracks of the public-school system. Our classrooms are overflowing, and our teachers are doing the best that they can in a system that is overwhelmed.
I strongly believe that charter schools would give those children who are struggling in the traditional public school system a chance to flourish and learn in the environment that best meets their needs.