Laurie Swindler Pineda, a parent and the Executive Director for Palmetto Advocates for Choice in Education, addressed the SC Senate K-12 Education subcommittee on April 23, 2009 to support S.520.
"I am a public school graduate and would have preferred for my son Harrison to go the same route. It simply wasn't an option for us," she told the committee.
She said that Harrison was "diagnosed at age 4 with learning differences and dyslexia." Enrolled in public school for five years and taking advantage of every offered program, including public school choice, but she could not find a program with the appropriate environment for Harrison.
"We only have one child and one chance to get it right, and we couldn't stand by and wait for a broken system to be repaired. We had to take action before it was too late for Harrison."