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Old 01-25-2012, 09:26 AM
Location: Junius Heights
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Originally Posted by Walter Benjamin View Post
A silly question: Why don't they start up more gifted magnets, or expand the existing gifted magnets?

Is it because there is political opposition to spending more money on a small number of students, when the vast majority of DISD students are in schools that the middle/upper-middle class would never dream of sending their kids to?
Yes, although this is not true. Jim Schutze wrote a fantastic piece a while ago in which he pointed out that most of the Magnets are BELOW average in per pupil funding.
From The Article:
"Of the 10 magnet high schools, eight are below the average per-student expenditure, some way below. Eight magnets are in the bottom quarter of the list.
You want to know where the big money is? If you want to get your kid into a really expensive Dallas high school, you need to encourage him or her to get arrested, get pregnant, drop out or, for some reason that I can't quite fathom, go to James Madison High School, a regular "comprehensive" or neighborhood school."

It is always easy though to get a lot of people - people who don't do the work to make there children potential Magnet students, people who had kids that were potential students and didn't get in and a few people who genuinely disagree with the concept of educating students differently by ability - to argue for cutting Magnets but claiming they are expensive. Even though it seems like Magnet school shave a far better bang for the buck you would never get support for expanding them. What a shame.
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Old 01-26-2012, 04:42 PM
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Woodrow will have its final information session on the International Baccalaureate Programme* and how to apply tonight at 6:30 pm at the school: WOODROW ACADEMY SHOWCASE

J. L. Long, candidate school for International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (already teaching the IB curriculum), will hold an open house on February 9th in the school auditorium: The Buc News (http://www.jllong.com/TheBucNews/tabid/6072/Default.aspx - broken link)

*Woodrow IB plans trips to Costa Rica for Spring Break and to China in the summer - J. L. Long began teaching Mandarin this year.
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