Washington (AP) – The University and Tacoma Public Schools announced plans Monday to create a new school-choice initiative that will allow students to opt out of public schools if they want to.

Tacoma Public Schools Superintendent David Tatum says the initiative will allow parents to choose which schools to send their children to and to offer them incentives for moving out of high-poverty areas.

The initiative will not affect the district’s current public schools, but will offer a chance to transfer children into alternative schools.

The school board voted 8-0 to approve the initiative Monday.

It is the first of a planned number of changes to Tacoma Public schools.

The district also plans to adopt a charter school system, to expand its high-performing charter school program and to create an additional public school.