Kids may soon have the choice to attend the school they want

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Soon parents may have the option to send their children to any school they want.

President-elect Donald Trump wants to implement a School Choice and Education Opportunity Act during the first 100 days of his administration.

Trump wants to redirect education dollars to give parents the right to send their child to the public, private, charter, magnet, religious or home school of their choice.

Meryl Rose, a retired 46 year educator, said having this option will create problems.

"That just encourages segregation, there's no other way to say it. Children should have a neighborhood school that's quality," she said.

Keith Williams said school choice creates the perception that districts have good and bad schools.

"The district has a responsibility, the state has a responsibility to adequately and equally fund education. We should not have good schools and bad schools, that's just  crazy," said Williams.

Rose agreed.

"You cannot get better school through competition. You can get better schools through more funding and better teacher education," said Rose.

However, Kenneth Whalum told WREG, school choice is about freedom.

"Public education will never be the same, school choice is the only way to improve the educational future of poor black and brown children," said Whalum "School choice is what the constitution is all about."



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