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Interested in magnet schools in Pasco County?



Hoping to gauge interest in magnet schools, the Pasco County school district launched a survey in mid January to get community feedback.

The results are in for the School Board's Tuesday workshop. And let's just say, way more people responded to the district's four-day school week survey.

The district received more than 10,000 responses for that online query as to support for running classes just four days a week. By contrast, 882 responses came for the magnet school questionnaire.

Of those, 53 percent said they would be interested in having their children attend a magnet school, with another 35 percent saying they might be interested. The most desired topics for a magnet were Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and Academic Fundamentals and College Preparation, with most of the other content areas listed lagging well behind.

Eighty-five percent of respondents said they would be willing to drive up to 10 miles for such programs. Seventy-one percent said they preferred any magnet school to be run on a traditional school day, and not online.

Superintendent Heather Fiorentino has said it's time for the district to offer parents more innovative choices for their children's education, a position challenger Kurt Browning has suggested is political in that she's waited a long time to take it. But does such a low level of response to the survey suggest there's not enough support out there to continue the conversation? Stay tuned. 

[Last modified: Monday, March 5, 2012 3:02pm]


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