King family offers a dozen reasons why ‘one size doesn’t fit all’ when it comes to education

Twelve of the 16 King children attend private schools on Florida school choice scholarships.

LAKE MARY, Florida – The King family is together on a Saturday morning – and that means kids everywhere.

Christy and Troy King have 16 children, including 11 who were adopted. The oldest is a college graduate who lives on her own. Three are off to college in Ohio. That leaves 12 at home, and they range from first grade to 12th with two sets of twins.

That’s a dozen children, each with their own personalities, likes and dislikes and learning styles.

Those who think “one size fits all” when it comes to education haven’t met the King clan.

“That’s not realistic,” Christy said. “It doesn’t even fit every year with the same kid. It changes.”

Several of the children have special needs. Others have learning challenges. Christy and Troy like to homeschool their children during the middle school years.

Also, the Kings want their children to receive a Catholic school education.

With the help of education choice scholarships managed by Step Up For Students, Christy and Troy can check off all the boxes when it comes to their children’s schooling.

Five of the children receive the Family Empowerment Scholarship for Students with Unique Abilities. Because of that, the remaining seven siblings are eligible for and receive the Family Empowerment Scholarship for Educational Options.

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BY Roger Mooney

Roger Mooney is the marketing communications manager for Step Up For Students. He joined the organization after a career as a sports and features writer for several Florida newspapers, including the Tampa Tribune and Tampa Bay Times.