Mike and Shirley Okamura

Mike and Shirley Okamura care for their four grandchildren through Arizona’s foster care system.  All four children attend a private school in Phoenix, thanks to partial private scholarships.  Like many foster children, the Okamuras’ grandchildren struggled in public school, facing teasing about their family situation that led to a range of behavioral problems.

  • 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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