Don't forget about magnet schools
With charter schools hogging the spotlight, people have lost sight of the good that magnet schools do in offering choice and promoting diversity, says “The Forgotten Choice? Rethinking Magnet Schools in a Changing Landscape,” a report released this morning by the Civil Rights Project at UCLA.
“In this age of ever-growing educational choice, magnet schools and, perhaps more specifically, their desegregation objectives, are the forgotten choice, symptomatic of the movement away from desesegration among all public schools,” the report says.
The report recommends that school districts continue to support magnets by upping funding, providing free transportation for magnet students and developing better outreach to parents. It also suggests more training for teachers to teach in racially diverse schools, something the St. Petersburg Times touched on in this recent story.