FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Washington, DC, July 12, 2018—Research shows that classrooms with students from a wide variety of backgrounds improve achievement, create access to valuable resources, and are better learning environments. Magnet schools were created in the wake of Brown v. Board, with the foundational belief that American students – and American democracy – are better off when our classrooms comprise a wide range of differences and perspectives. This remains the cornerstone of the work we do every day to improve access to high-quality education options. Consequently, we cannot abide efforts to make it more difficult for schools to promote racial diversity in their classrooms.
Diversity is one of the five pillars of magnet schools – an essential component of what creates a strong learning environment for our students. Through lotteries and recruitment, magnets serve student populations that are reflective of our diverse nation. Learning with students who come from different backgrounds creates a more global education experience – one in which students build empathy and understanding for one another across different races and socioeconomic statuses. Diverse classrooms promote authentic engagement, collaboration and teamwork, ultimately preparing America’s students for future successes beyond school walls.
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.