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March 12, 2019
With diversity efforts stalling at select IPS magnet schools, more lottery changes could be on the way
The discussion comes two years after the board changed magnet admission rules.
vocational training returns
Updated February 25, 2019
Career education is poised for a comeback in Newark high schools, but challenges await
Newark's new superintendent wants to rebuild career-themed academies inside the district's often struggling traditional high schools.
February 14, 2019
After changes and challenges, Friday’s deadline to enroll in Newark schools finally arrives
Newark families have until noon Friday to apply online to schools for next school year.
October 25, 2018
Applying for school in Chicago? Your odds may have just changed.
One of the key factors in Chicago public school admissions, tier numbers assigned by a student’s address serve to more equitably distribute…
October 1, 2018
Six Tennessee schools win federal ‘Blue Ribbon’ status for 2018
Three traditional public schools and three academic magnet public schools received the honor from the U.S. Department of Education.
the great divide
August 14, 2018
These five charts illustrate the huge divide between Newark’s magnet and traditional high schools
The city's traditional high schools serve needier students and achieve worse outcomes than its selective magnet schools.
April 25, 2018
Racial tensions flare at Newark’s elite Science Park High School amid debate over admissions policies
The popular magnet school enrolls a smaller share of black students than the district overall. Critics blame its admission rules.
April 20, 2018
On high school match day, two-thirds of Newark eighth graders want magnet schools — but far fewer will get them
Students can apply to up to eight schools, but they only get matched with one. They find out which one on April 20.
February 12, 2018
Indianapolis writer wonders if ‘our discomfort was rooted in prejudice’ when he didn’t get his child’s first school choice
"We simply saw a school with lots of poor kids in a poor neighborhood, and our parental instinct — impulsive, judgmental, illogical — kicked in."
September 13, 2017
‘Tent city’ is ending in Memphis. Will online admissions to prized schools be fairer?
In January, Shelby County Schools will move its process for applying to optional schools completely online, and it's exploring other changes too.
August 23, 2017
With another Butler lab school in the works, the north side is unofficially a magnet magnet
School 55, near 54th Street and College Avenue, would be the second campus to house a Butler lab program.
July 11, 2017
Admissions changes are diversifying Indianapolis Public Schools most popular magnets. Now, the district may go further.
In a bid to make some schools more accessible for low-income families and children of color, the board changed the admissions rules for magnets last fall.
April 28, 2017
Three Indianapolis schools recognized for diversity, but local efforts to integrate are still underway
Among this year's 244 "National Magnet Schools of Distinction" are Center for Inquiry Schools 2, 27, and 84, all part of the Indianapolis Public Schools district.
October 14, 2016
Study finds explosion in the number of school districts working on integration
“New York has made an important and good start in this effort.”
Indianapolis Schools Divided
September 29, 2016
IPS board approves changes to magnet admission, opening doors to more diverse schools
The district is shrinking the priority boundary and adding later admission deadlines.
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