Magnet schools are public schools that provide specialized curriculums and instructional approaches to attract students from a variety of neighborhoods in a metropolitan area, according to the Education Commission of the States. Often, enrollment for magnet schools is regulated in a variety of ways to ensure schools remain racially balanced, usually through the use of admissions criteria, first-come, first-served applications, lotteries and/or percentage set-asides for neighborhood residents. Some magnet schools have competitive application processes.
Studies have shown that magnet schools have helped to desegregate schools in certain communities.
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Article by Ellen R. Delisio
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