Kristinia Peterson

Kristinia Peterson of Mesa is the mother of twin sons Damian and Dimitri.  Damian has autism and Dimitri has Asperger’s Syndrome.  For years, the Petersons tried every imaginable educational setting the Mesa public schools had to offer the boys.  They switched schools multiple times and tried several different educational programs; none worked.  Finally, the Petersons received a scholarship through Arizona’s program and now send Damian and Dimitri to Howard S. Gray, a school that specializes in serving children with special needs.  They chose the school because it offers an intimate campus and the kind of individual, specialized attention the boys need.  The Petersons simply could not afford to make that choice without the scholarship.

  • March 13, 2007    |   Educational Choice

    Arizona Special Needs & Foster Care

    Arizona Foster Parents and Parents of Children with Disabilities Defend School Choice From Unprecedented Legal Attack

    A coalition of special interest groups filed its second legal challenge to Arizona’s school choice programs for special needs and foster children on February 20, 2007. The Arizona Supreme Court rejected the first challenge in January 2007, and once again, IJ intervened to defend the programs on behalf of parents. Unfortunately, on March 25, 2009,…

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