North Carolina is one of the national leaders in a school movement that since the 1970s has promoted diversity and educational choices for families, according to a new study on magnet schools. The study by UNC-Charlotte’s Urban Institute found there are 4,340 magnet schools in the U.S., and North Carolina has the sixth-most of any state at 263 schools.
Todd Mann, executive director of Magnet Schools of America, the national trade organization that commissioned the study, said North Carolina ranks even higher if you consider the quality of the state’s magnet schools.
"Chicago Public Schools students are leading the country in academic gains, and these new STEM Magnet and classical schools will help continue to grow that record progress," Mayor Rahm Emanuel said.
There are now about 4,340 magnet schools in the U.S. — more than ever before, according to a new “snapshot” from the nonprofit Magnet Schools of America. Those schools, which are public and offer theme-based curricula like STEM, art or music, educate one out of every 15 public school students in the U.S.
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos had a contentious first week in office, beginning with her visit to Jefferson Middle School in my home city of Washington, D.C. We all saw the protesters as she attempted her first school tour. While I understand the protestors’ frustrations, here’s what’s wrong with that scene: The doors of our public schools should never be closed to those who seek to learn more about them. And it is absolutely imperative that our Secretary of Education understands them.
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos kicked off her first public speech Wednesday by casting the protestors who sought to block her from visiting a Washington, D.C., middle school last week as part of a divisive opposition that's resistant to fresh ideas...And DeVos, who didn't face protestors Wednesday, praised magnet schools, which are public schools organized around a particular subject area such as arts or technology, as "the original school choice option."
Betsy DeVos' confirmation has stoked fears about undermining public schools, in large part because of the Secretary of Education's full-throated support for school vouchers. But if the last few days have been any indication, DeVos is trying to put a friendlier face on the idea of school choice.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos shot back at protesters who last week temporarily blocked her from entering a public school in the nation's capital, saying Wednesday that the incident showed how "hostile" some are to change. "The protesters' behavior is a reflection of the way some seek to treat our education system – by keeping kids in and new thinking out," DeVos said during a keynote address to a policy and training conference for the nonprofit association Magnet Schools of America. "Friday's incident demonstrates just how hostile some people are to change and to new ideas."
Betsy DeVos' confirmation has stoked fears about undermining public schools, in large part because of the secretary of Education's full-throated support for school vouchers. But if the last few days have been any indication, DeVos is trying to put a friendlier face on the idea of school choice. So far, she hasn't mentioned vouchers as a priority at all — and today she spoke to a trade association for magnet schools.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Wednesday pledged support for magnet schools in a bid to repair ties with proponents of public education in the wake of a bruising confirmation battle, but also slammed her critics for rejecting innovation and change. In one of her first public speeches since taking office last week, DeVos praised magnet schools for showing strong academic results, combating segregation and striving for equity.
Education secretary Betsy DeVos will speak to members of Magnet Schools of America this afternoon in her first public address as secretary outside of the Education Department. DeVos and President Donald Trump have vowed to expand so-called school choice options for students, explicitly naming magnet schools as one of those options.
Raise the level of performance consistent throughout school districts nationwide and creates a platform from which all magnet schools can flourish. Magnet Schools of America’s national certification process is designed to recognize the hard work of the best magnet schools in the nation and to help them as they grow.