magnet schools

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    Parents are savvy school shoppers

    The bottom line of Ann Doss Helms’ recent WFAE article, “School Shopping Demands More Than Looking At Grades, Families Say,” is that families seldom rely on a single metric or criterion to choose schools for their children. When [Shamaiye] Haynes moved to west Charlotte, she enrolled her son at Thomasboro…
    Terry Stoops, November 6, 2019
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    Magnet and charter schools: Another double standard

    Today, Keung Hui of the News and Observer focuses on Wake County’s high-poverty magnet schools, some of which are having difficulties attracting applicants.  It is a pretty interesting read. I cannot help but compare the plight of Wake County’s magnet schools to another public school option, charter schools.  While…
    Terry Stoops, May 27, 2015
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    More evidence that school choice works

    A new National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) study written by a few Ivy League economists concluded that students who won a school choice lottery had significantly higher test scores and fewer suspensions and absences than those who did not. In “The Effect of School Choice on Intrinsic Motivation and…
    Terry Stoops, August 20, 2012
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    Magnet programs for smart kids: Not impressive

    Are you thinking of sending your little gifted and talented youngster to a magnet school program for high achievers? Sa Bui, Scott Imberman, and Steven Craig’s Education Next study will encourage you to revisit the idea.  The University of Houston researchers conducted two studies (using different methodologies) of gifted…
    Terry Stoops, October 19, 2011