Magnet Schools

by: rylee huie

Definition and History

-free public elementary and secondary schools of choice that are operated by school districts.

-originated in the last 60's, still around today

Pros and Cons

Pros:

-greater parental involvement

-have the potential of providing motivation for students who have interest in the area the magnet school specializes in

-attract staff and administration who have an ideological bent for customized programs

social diversity may be increased

Cons:

-particular program is not conductive to family goals, children's learning styles, or ideological differences

-established as a bad idea or not managed while from time to time

-not always well defended when budget issues arise