School Choice: Using Lotteries to keep it “Fair:”

Executive Summary

In the United States, freedom of choice is available for education and options for schools come in many shapes and sizes. Charter and magnet schools are growing in number and popularity, however admissions can be selective. Admission based on random, blind school lotteries while appearing to be fair, result in less integration, but recent legislation is a step in the right direction for more diversity.

This white paper tackles the tough subjects such as choice and lottery definitions, the ideas behind choice, challenges of running school choice and lottery and the need and solution to transparency issues.

Here is just a sampling of this valuable information.

Magnet schools are built on the foundation of five pillars and are free public schools of hoice, operated by school districts or a consortium of districts.

The “Five Pillars” are: 1) Diversity, 2) Innovative curriculum and professional development, 3) Academic excellence, 4) High quality instructional systems, 5) Family and community partnerships.

Using an approach to learning that is inquiry or performance/project based, magnet schools are typically more “hands on – minds on”.  They use state, district, or Common Core standards in all subject areas, however, teach within an overall theme for the school. Themes could be STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), fine and performing arts, or world languages (8). Magnet schools tend to be more specialized than other public schools.”

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