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Magnet Schools

  • By: Marcia L. Lamkin & Amany Saleh
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

Traditionally, children go to schools that are closest to their primary residence. Magnet schools are public schools that allow students a choice regardless of school zones requirements. Magnet schools usually have special curricula or characteristics that distinguish them from others and make them attractive choices for students who desire an emphasis in arts, math and science, work preparedness, and so on.

Magnet schools are public schools that have to adhere to all guidelines and regulations of public schools, unlike charter schools, which are public schools with a charter that releases them from some of the regulations. School choice represented in magnet, charter, and alternative schools has provided educators, parents, and students with alternative options for the traditional schools that are plagued with low academic performance, high ...

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