ERIC Number: ED343194
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
Magnet Schools: Promoting Equal Opportunity and Quality Education.
Office for Civil Rights (ED), Washington, DC.
While adhering to state standards for the core curriculum required for graduation, magnet schools offer innovative, specialized instructional approaches to attract students of all socioeconomic, ethnic, and racial backgrounds. While the magnet programs vary in design, scope, and outcome, they share important objectives: (1) to promote educational excellence; (2) to promote equality of educational opportunity; and (3) to promote student and parental choices. Magnet schools have gained importance in efforts aimed at preventing, eliminating, or reducing racial isolation in elementary and secondary schools. This paper provides brief descriptions of magnet school programs for elementary, intermediate, and high schools, and lists accomplishments of magnet programs in education and in the community. The Department of Education funded two studies to measure the effectiveness of the programs. Both studies had positive results in that the magnet programs promoted both district and school desegregation. A brief discussion of financial support for magnet schools is followed by a list of magnet curricular themes and learning environments supported under the magnet schools assistance program. A list of U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights regional civil rights offices is attached. (LAP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Office for Civil Rights (ED), Washington, DC.