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LaToya Johnson is the mother of three boys.
Early on, in daycare and preschool, Johnson's older two learned their ABCs and how to write.
"So by the time I got to my youngest and he got to pre-k and he wasn’t able to recognize his alphabet, I was like, ok, something was wrong."
That turned out to be the start of a journey that ultimately led Johnson to enroll her son Micah in a private school — Hosanna Christian Academy in Baton Rouge — through the state voucher program.