FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Washington, DC – Today’s Supreme Court decision is disappointing and will have far-reaching implications, in education and beyond. By effectively preventing colleges and universities from considering race as a factor in admissions, the Supreme Court has all but ensured that America’s campuses will not look like the nation at large. Institutions of higher education must now look for new ways to assemble pluralistic student bodies, at a time when our country is growing at once more diverse and more divided.
“Diversity in education is not merely an abstract or aspirational concept – it is foundational if we hope to prepare today’s students to live and thrive in a multiracial society,” said Magnet Schools of America CEO Ramin Taheri. “Magnet Schools of America believes that diversity is a cornerstone of public school choice, affording students and families the ability to choose options that work for them and allowing schools to build educational settings that value diversity as a strength.”
Magnet schools are founded on five pillars, with diversity at the very top: diversity, innovative curriculum and professional development, academic excellence, leadership, and family and community partnerships. The synergistic relationship of these five equally held tenets is not merely a foundation, but a compass moving our students and schools forward to a well-prepared future.
Magnet Schools of America (MSA) is a nonprofit education association that represents more than 4,340 magnet schools serving nearly 3.5 million students across 46 states and the District of Columbia. MSA was founded in 1986 and authorized as a 501(c)3 in 1994. It supports and serves the leaders and teachers of magnet and theme-based schools, while promoting the development of new magnet programs.
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.