One of the key missions of Magnet Schools of America is to raise public awareness of the benefits and accomplishments of magnet schools. Over the last year our organization has proactively engaged major media outlets to share this good news. Below are a few examples of this work.
New York Times - Integrating the New York Schools
"What Would It Take to Integrate Our Schools?," The answer should include more magnet schools, the original form of public school choice. By offering theme-based curriculums - science, math, performing arts, world languages and more - these elementary and secondary schools promote school diversity and innovation. Keep Reading
The Hill - Solving school segregation is not rocket science
In 1968, the United States launched Apollo 8, the first manned spacecraft to orbit the moon and return safely. In that same year but with much less publicity, Tacoma Public Schools launched the nation’s first magnet school, McCarver Elementary School, in an attempt to diversify its segregated school system. Keep Reading
Miami Herald - Urban education: Tale of two stories
It is one of the oldest, most heartwarming stories in literature. A young writer, born to a hardscrabble existence, chooses a path where his brilliance is recognized, encouraged, mentored, and catapulted towards greatness.
This is the path that playwright and actor Tarell Alvin McCraney took. He grew up in a tough part of Miami, with a mom who struggled through drug addiction until losing her life to AIDS. Tarell's path took him through New World School of the Arts (NWSA), a magnet school that is part of Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Keep Reading
Education Week - Follow the Numbers: Magnet Schools Outperform Charters
Based on the spring results of the California Smarter Balanced assessments, the Los Angeles Unified School District recently announced that 55 percent of the district's magnet students met or exceeded state standards in English/language arts, compared with 39 percent in charters, 33 percent in the LAUSD overall, and 44 percent in traditional schools statewide. The breakdown of math results followed a similar pattern. Keep Reading
Chattanooga Times Free Press - Magnet schools shine a spotlight that reaches all the kids in the district
When John first came to my school, he was a sixth- grader who missed 68 days of school in the previous year and was reading at the second-grade level. We tried all the conventional ways to keep him in school - home visits, police visits, court appearances - but nothing worked. Keep Reading
The Hill - Federal funding cuts threaten school innovation and choice in Minnesota
Every morning, the scene in front of Glacier Hills Elementary School of Arts & Science is always one of excitement, whether it's the middle of the semester or even the start of the school year. Everyone-or practically everyone, perhaps-is happy to get to class. It is what you would expect at one of the top schools in the state of Minnesota. Keep Reading
LA School Report - Magnet schools: The answer to LAUSD’s enrollment problem?
LA Unified’s former and current superintendents and several school board members have all recently made laudatory statements about the district’s magnet schools, touting their performance and highlighting their importance to the future of the district. Keep Reading
The Day - Educational investment that works and is affordable
For the past four years, the Marine Science Magnet High School (MSMHS) of Southeastern Connecticut received an average of 400 applications for its incoming freshman class. Like every magnet school in Connecticut, it used a lottery process to randomly select the 73 students who get in. Keep Reading