Ramona Carrasco is an Arizona Hispanic mother who not only supports school choice, but her daughter is currently benefiting from a choice program this year.

Poll results released this week by the American Federation for Children prove what Ramona already knows, Hispanics welcome educational opportunities for children. Seventy percent of Hispanic voters in Arizona support school choice.

Byanca Carrasco, 6, was born with Down syndrome and has speech problems. Ramona wanted to send her to a private school that could help Byanca intellectually and socially. She turned to Arizona’s Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) program for the help she needed.

“I wanted Byanca to be around and hang out with kids that speak well because Byanca learns by imitation,” says Ramona. “During the two months that she’s attended her new school she speaks more, and her words are clear in both English and Spanish.”

Ramona is very grateful that Arizona embraces school choice and that her child with special needs has options through the ESA program. ESAs put every option on the table for parents to choose the best path for their child including private school, homeschool, online curriculum, therapies and other education expenses.

“ESA is an excellent program, I really recommend it to families with kids with special needs,” adds Ramona. “I never thought I could have my daughter in a private school…but thanks to the ESA program we now have that opportunity!”

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