In Texas, magnets seem to be a way to diversify the
student population. This was ruled unconstitutional
and some districts now have some kind of lottery
system for the schools that have the biggest "draw" -
one Montessori magnet had parents camped out trying to
get their children in...
Pluses for magnets - usually there is more funding
involved and (my personal observation) there is
usually more parent involvement, or at least parents
who value education enough to get their kids into a
The arts magnets in my district produce incredible
work - of course the staff is really good. They also
have more time to work on art built into their school
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