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.