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Magnet schools. By Kyle O’Connor. A public school that offers special instruction and programs not available anywhere else “Magnet” – Drawing students out of original districts New Haven Magnet Schools Commercial (2013). What are magnet schools?. Desegregation

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magnet schools

Magnet schools

By Kyle O’Connor

what are magnet schools

A public school that offers special instruction and programs not available anywhere else

  • “Magnet” – Drawing students out of original districts
  • New Haven Magnet Schools Commercial (2013)
What are magnet schools?
history

Desegregation

  • Originally not intended to be innovative, rather designed to be attractive
History
types

Magnet Schools

    • Academic
    • Technical/Vocational
  • Selective Magnet Schools
  • International Baccalaureate (IB)
Types
admissions process

Lottery

  • First Come, First Serve
  • Audition
  • Portfolio Review
  • Entrance Exam
Admissions Process
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Successfully contributes to desegregating public schools

  • Cultural diversity
  • Innovative instruction
  • Improved academic achievement
Pros
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Sparks a new type of segregation

    • Intellectual
    • Underrepresented demographics
    • Selective magnet schools
  • Incompatible with family goals or values
  • Distance from home
Cons
statistics

In 2002, more than 3,100 magnet schools operated in America

  • Magnet schools are an urban phenomenon
    • >50% of large urban school districts
    • 10% of suburban districts
  • Magnet schools spend an average of $200 more per student than non-magnet schools
Statistics
your opinion

If the given the choice between a traditional public school and a magnet school, which would you choose for your child? Why?

Your Opinion?
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“What is a Magnet School?” by Grace Chen

This article offers a wide variety of information on magnet schools, including history, current status, and trends. It discusses the pros and cons of magnet schools from an overall societal perspective, as well as from the perspective of the student and family. Furthermore, it lays out some guiding questions to consider in determining whether magnet school education is right for your child and your family.

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“Magnet Schools, Innate Talent and Social Justice”

by Mark Vopat

This article offers a well developed background on magnet schools, including some history and the different types. It then takes a deeper look at the inequality that selective magnet schools may be creating. Vopat argues that these “gifted” children are products of opportunity and training rather than being born with an natural gift or ability.

references

Chen, G. (2007). What is a magnet school?. Retrieved from http://www.publicschoolreview.com/articles/2.

  • Magnet Schools of America. (2013). What are magnet schools?. Retrieved from http://www.magnet.edu/about/what-are-magnet-schools.
  • Melago, C. (2012). Test-prep city: Are you smart enough for gifted kindergarten?. Retrieved from http://blogs.wsj.com/metropolis/2012/10/19/new-york-city-gifted-and-talented-exam-sample-questions/.
  • Vopat, M. (2011). Magnet schools, innate talent and social justice. Theory and Research in Education, 9(1).
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