MCS parents line up for school choice

By Jason Miles - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The line outside MCS headquarters Thursday afternoon was not for any sale.  It was filled with parents interested only in quality education.

"Some people will do anything for their kids," said parent Bryan Williams.

Williams actually works for the school district.

"I'm a teacher," he said.

He was among many hoping to fill open spots at Richland Elementary.  That is where there are just a few dozen slots for those seeking a transfer.

"You save some 15 to 20 thousand dollars from having to send your kid to a private education to get a quality education from Memphis City Schools," said Williams.  "If you're willing to wait in line," he added.

The line began forming at 5:00 Thursday morning.  That's when Elena Akin's husband saved the spot she took over.

"My husband said, OK, I got to be there first in line," said Akin.

She heard there are as few as five available spots for out-of-zone students at White Station Middle School.  Akin and her husband hope to enroll their rising 6th grader there.

"It's just few schools right now that are doing well," said Akin.  "And I'm sad about that," she added.

Security kept watch as the line grew longer.  Three thousand parents picked up packets on the first day of open enrollment last year.

"Because it's important," said parent Kiera Patrick.  "And I'm determined to have my child in the school," she added.

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