Parents wait up to 24 hours for open enrollment applications

By Lori Brown - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Many parents will do just about anything for their children.  Overnight, parents of some Memphis City Schools students put that theory to the test, waiting in line for up to 24 hours for a chance to put their children into the schools of their choice.

"It's a process," Marissa Jensen laughed. "It's a process, but a necessary one."

It's a process that has become somewhat of a tradition for some parents, and a new one for others.

"This is my first year doing it, and I know my parents did it when I was coming up," Ashley Grant said.

Parents waited for something simple: an application, marked with a barcode.  The barcode holds the parent's place in line to nab the school of their choice for his or her child.

"I'm hoping for a better school than our neighborhood school," Jensen said. "Our neighborhood school is not on the failing list, but it's not as diverse as I would need it to be."

So, Jensen and Grant waited in line through the night.  Grant's daughter will be in second grade next year.

"I think kids have a hard time learning when there are a lot of distractions, and so she needs a better atmosphere," Grant said.

But the openings in particular schools are limited.  Jenson said if she can't get her child into the school she wants to this time, she won't give up.

"I would do it again and again, to get my son the type of education that I think he should have. It's for him," she said.

A Memphis City Schools spokesperson said the district handed out about1,700 open enrollment applications to parents Friday.  If you missed out, you can still visit the Board of Education to pick up an application anytime between Monday and the end of the month.  Applications are first come, first serve.

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