LA focuses on magnet schools to stem brain drain
LAUSD board eyes gifted magnet schools in Valley to stem brain drain
Posted on October 12, 2015 4:14 pm by Mike Szymanski
2015-10-12 at 1.54.55 PM* UPDATED
“LAUSD lost 1,099 identified 8th graders who transitioned to a Northwest (district) high school this year. ” Abrahams said, “This may be due to the lack of a Gifted High School in the entire Valley (Northwest and Northeast).”
In a quiet effort that could help mitigate the proliferation of charter schools, the LA Unified board is scheduled to vote tomorrow on what would be first two gifted/highly gifted high school magnets in the San Fernando Valley. Taft High in Woodland Hills and Kennedy High in Granada Hills would join 14 other magnet programs approved to begin in traditional district schools this year.
They are also among 47 proposed magnets — about 20 percent of the district’s existing 198 — that are on track to open over the next two years. That would increase the number of magnet programs to 245. The current number of charter schools in LAUSD is 285.
But it’s not about outnumbering the charter schools, said Keith Abrahams, LAUSD’s executive director of Student Integration Services, who is in charge of the magnet programs. “We want to continue to expand choices, and parents want what’s best for their children,” he told LA School Report. “So it is an ongoing process to continually provide those choices in the areas closer to where they live.”
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