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A chance to change

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Friday was the first day that parents in Memphis and Shelby County did homework in addition the their children.

Parents were able to for the first time fill out applications to send their children to the school of their choice as part of the new Unified School District.

The General Choice Transfers allow students to attend schools other than the ones they're zoned for. The application process opened at 10 a.m., which had parents and guardians in a frenzy to get their child on the list to transfer schools.

Some parents say it's providing an option for better education for their children while others say it's simply unfair.

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Parents have until April 1 to fill out applications for the "General Choice Transfers." There is no word on when they'll find out if their children were accepted to the schools they applied.

Meanwhile there was a bit of online panic associated with parents applying their children to choice schools. They flooded the website for open school enrollment registration.

The new Unified district's site is supposed to make it easy for those wanting to switch their children's schools, but apparently the volume parents on the site at the same time caused major problems for some as they got pushed further and further down the line.

This is the first time that parents from within the city have had the ability to apply to county schools, which will all fall under the same umbrella beginning next year in August. So that has created a demand that far outweighs the supply since the most desirable schools on the list of 124 elementary, middle, and high schools have very few spots available.

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