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Giving My Son What I Never Had – A Choice – At a Charter School

• Christopher Collot

“Seeing students thrive in different learning environment is a reminder that education choice is fundamental to their success. As we kick off National Charter Schools Week, I applaud the families and educators making a real difference in the lives and futures of so many great kids. I encourage policymakers to not be distracted by the politics of the monopolies and continue the work to expand education options on behalf of the one million children on public charter school waiting lists.”
– Governor Jeb Bush

During National Charter Schools Week, parents, students, educators and local leaders come together to showcase the academic successes of public charter school students and the impact these schools have on the lives of families across the country.

My son, Jayden, and I were honored to give Governor Jeb Bush – a true champion of school choice for families – a tour of Mater Academy Elementary earlier this year and share our Choices in Education story. Jayden is currently in second grade at Mater Academy, a public charter school in Hialeah Gardens, Florida, that ranks as one of the top-performing elementary schools in Miami-Dade County. During the tour, Jayden showed off his class and the projects they are currently working on.

When I was a student, my mother did the best she could as a single parent in a low-income neighborhood to give me the best education possible. But at the time there were very few options outside of the assigned neighborhood school.

Now that I am a father, I want to give Jayden what I never had – a choice. I’m extremely lucky that I had the opportunity to choose a school that was right for my child’s unique educational needs. Every kid is different and that makes them special. We shouldn’t limit our children’s potential with a one-size-fits-all mentality.

Mater Academy is more than just a school; it is a community of teachers and administrators who are dedicated to helping their students excel. Even in elementary school, they are focused on laying the solid foundation of the knowledge and skills they need for success in college and careers.

Jayden continues to thrive both academically and socially in this environment, and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for him. I hope that more families will have the same options and opportunities in the future and that they learn and thrive no matter what educational path they choose.

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Christopher Collot