N.M. district right to try magnets to attract mid-schoolers

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Under the theory that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Albuquerque’s charter school movement should feel complimented that the state’s largest school district is considering creating magnet middle schools that mirror some of its success stories.

And under the belief that nothing succeeds like success, Albuquerque Public Schools deserves credit for seeing something that works well for all involved, and trying to replicate it for its students, teachers, parents and taxpayers.

APS’ new Office of Innovation is proposing new middle schools themed like the local charters that have waiting lists – including a STEM magnet that focuses on science, technology, engineering and math (like the Albuquerque Institute of Math and Science); a dual-language magnet (like Corrales International); and a fine arts magnet (like the Public Academy for Performing Arts).

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