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ERIC Number: EJ765113
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-May
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0891-4508
A Rainbow's Arc
Patton, Jessica Rae
Teaching Pre K-8, v37 n8 p45-49 May 2007
In this article, the author profiles Columbus Magnet School in Norwalk, Connecticut. In 1979, Columbus School was an inner-city neighborhood school with an 87% minority population. In order to comply with federal desegregation guidelines, the school was compelled to either integrate the student body to reflect that of the larger community or close its doors. It was the idea of the superintendent at the time, Richard Briggs, to recreate Columbus as a magnet school. This would enable the town to apply for federal funds to help restructure the school, and would also allow for the promotion of voluntary integration. Founding principal of Columbus, Arthur Perschino, knew the school would need a theme that would be attractive enough to draw students from all over the city and was also well-suited to the neighborhood. He chose the Bank Street model of education because of the rich resources for social studies in the area where the school was located--a lot of industry as well as a commercial waterfront area. Columbus opened in its new incarnation for the 1980-1981 school year with 183 students, 60% Caucasian and 40% minority, chosen by a random lottery system. Marilyn Liberatore, who worked at Columbus as a classroom teacher from 1980-1997 and has served as the school's principal since 1998, admitted that the transition wasn't easy for all--but the result was a school which families appreciate and are dedicated to.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Connecticut