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Old 07-20-2016, 07:30 AM
 
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As to the school systems, of course public schools would be the first choice, but if the neighborhood and park was good but the schools weren't exactly that good, I wouldn't be opposed to a private or Christian school.
Don't forget charter schools. If the local public school is marginal, there are often alternatives in the charter system nearby. Only drawback is having to provide your own transportation...

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Old 07-20-2016, 08:34 AM
 
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Don't forget charter schools. If the local public school is marginal, there are often alternatives in the charter system nearby. Only drawback is having to provide your own transportation...

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Thank you for the suggestion. That may be what Magnet Schools are in CT. Most of them are very, very good programs and excellent student ratios. Transportation is not a problem and very use to it here in my area. Thanks for the info.
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Old 07-20-2016, 08:56 AM
 
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Thank you for the suggestion. That may be what Magnet Schools are in CT. Most of them are very, very good programs and excellent student ratios. Transportation is not a problem and very use to it here in my area. Thanks for the info.
Magnets and charters are two very different things here in Florida.

Magnet schools are usually "themed" in some manner, such as STEM, IB (international baccalaureate), etc. and are regular district schools that require an application and acceptance. Transportation is provided to magnet schools.

In Florida magnet schools are the way the districts are addressing the remains of the Federal desegregation orders by placing magnet schools in areas where desegregation was required. By bringing in students from outside the area, the balance of the races in the attendance area of the magnet school gets evened out, or so they hope. Neighborhood students are allowed to attend and don't have to participate in the magnet program. The one problem with this "parallel schools" in the same facility causes a lot of discord due to the "haves" and "have nots". That is, the magnet programs are funded separately than the regular schools, meaning the magnet programs have nicer stuff, essentially, and they're not obligated and typically don't share it with the locals.

Charter schools are essentially privately run public schools that have been granted a charter from the local district to operate. They cannot refuse a student from the area and are obligated to provide the same level of service and instruction (or better) than a typical public school.

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Old 07-20-2016, 09:22 AM
 
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I see, thanks for clarifying that. Magnet schools in my area are somewhat as you defined but where I live there isn't as much a racial imbalance...it's fairly rural here. I'll have to check into the Charter school system. Very interesting. Thank you.
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Old 07-20-2016, 10:51 AM
 
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I see, thanks for clarifying that. Magnet schools in my area are somewhat as you defined but where I live there isn't as much a racial imbalance...it's fairly rural here. I'll have to check into the Charter school system. Very interesting. Thank you.
I would also qualify that while charters can't refuse a student, they do have established enrollments. This means that if they're at capacity there will be a waiting list.

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