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    Expanding school choice, segregation problems

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- A decision hangs over legislators that could affect thousands of students and their parents. It's the freedom of school choice. Lawmakers have drafted a bill to open up school choice.

    Parents have argued school choice for years, but there's strong opposition from some superintendents, like Dr. Jerry Guess with the Pulaski County Special School District.

    "That choice will result in resegregation of schools in part of the state where high minority populations live," said Dr. Guess.

    Sen. Johnny Key, R- Mountain Home, believes students will not transfer to other districts based on race, but on academics.

    "Some districts will have to look inwardly and what can we do better to keep those students here," said Key.

    Dr. Guess said he's not afraid of his district's enrollment dropping, he's merely worried about what total school choice could do to the education system.

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