Meet Toya Putnam, Charter School Parent

Toya Putnam, a mother of two boys, chooses to send her seven-year-old son to a Detroit-area charter school in Roseville. Though some nonprofit organizations are urging the state to limit school choice in the City of Detroit, Putnam says it is incredibly important for her to be able to make the best educational choice for her family.

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Shopping around for the best school "wasn't a problem for me," Putnam said. "I don't want anyone else to pick and choose for my kids' future."

Later this month, Putnam and her family are moving back to Detroit from Warren, and her son will continue to attend the Roseville charter school. The move is possible for her family, Putnam says, because she will still be able to send her son to the school that is best for him.

“My husband and I decided that we would not place our children in public schools unless the curriculum meets our personal requirements,”she said.

You can learn more about Toya, and how she feels about school choice by watching the video above.

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