Magnet schools were initially created in the 1970s as a school desegregation strategy to attract white students to schools located outside of their neighborhoods (in urban areas) to achieve integration. These schools offered specialized curriculum and programs not available in their neighborhood schools and were very successful in bringing together students of different backgrounds. Magnet schools still exist over 40 years after their initial inception; yet, in some cases, they are no longer "magnetizing," which begs the question as to whether they are still viable integration strategies.
In this virtual roundtable, individuals from districts across the Midwest and Plains regions that utilize magnet school admissions in their student assignment policies will discuss the pros and cons of magnet schools in the current school choice context and offer insights about their efforts to provide integrated schooling environments.
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