Katrina Powers is the mother of four children and is married to an active duty, combat-deployed member of the United States Army Special Forces. Katrina’s oldest daughter is a rising junior at a public high school who is very happy there and excels academically. Katrina’s next oldest daughter plans to complete her next year of middle school at a public charter school, and her youngest, a son, will be starting kindergarten soon.
Katrina’s youngest daughter, Teagyn, is a high functioning child with autism. Thanks to an OSP scholarship, Teagyn is enrolled at a private, nonreligious school, The School of Hope, where she will be doing the equivalent of third grade work this academic year. Before enrolling at The School of Hope, Teagyn attended public school, and it was not working for her; it was emotionally very stressful for her to go to school there, and she did not receive the help she needed. Frustratingly, while Katrina’s private insurance paid for a trained, licensed therapist to work one-on-one with Teagyn for up to 30 hours each week, the school refused to allow a non-school district employee to fill that role. Now, academically and emotionally, Teagyn is thriving. If the OSP went away, Katrina would be denied the ability to send her daughter to a school that provides her with a high-quality education in a caring environment.