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Pros

  • When schools, such as magnets, offer specialized programs that emphasize a consistent theme or method of teaching, they facilitate student and teacher commitment to the school.

  • Because magnet schools often attract students from outside the neighborhood surrounding the school, they encourage the voluntary integration of public schools.

  • Magnet schools increase the choices available to parents and students in urban school districts.

Cons

  • Low-income, English-as-a-second language and special education students are underrepresented in magnets.

  • The selective admissions criteria of magnets create firewalls for students with failing grades or records of bad behavior or truancy who want to attend these schools.

  • Many magnet schools may be drawing scarce energy and resources away from improving neighborhood schools.

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