Arizona magnet schools compound integration woes

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Tucson Unified School District may look at reducing the number of magnet schools despite fighting a recommendation by a desegregation expert last year to do exactly that.

A $32,000 demographic study initiated by TUSD Superintendent H.T. Sanchez found the district’s magnet schools may be hurting its effort to bring racial balance to its campuses. Under a decades-old desegregation case, TUSD is required to work toward having less than 70 percent of any one ethnic group enrolled at a campus.

Magnet schools focus on a particular theme, and are designed to encourage students from diverse backgrounds to come together outside of their individual neighborhoods.

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