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Sep 25, 2013 12:50 AM by Stefanie Boe

Crowds and confusion at TUSD board meeting

TUCSON - Parents, staff and community members packed the Tucson Unified School District Board meeting Tuesday night, when it appeared to some parents, their school could lose magnet status.

While there will be changes in the magnet program, it appears the issue came down to communication.

TUSD is being ordered by the Federal government to consider eliminating some of it's 20 magnet schools. Part of the reason is a Federal order to integrate the district. But, according to the Superintendent, it's also an effort to move the district forward.

In 1983, when the district began the magnet program, there were 100 schools. 20 of those schools were magnets. Now there are 80 schools and 20 remain magnets. Experts say too many magnet schools aren't as attractive to families.

Families we talked to say the magnet program is key to their kids future. Parents and staff spoke out about Davis Magnet School's bilingual program and what it means to their families to send their children there. They were also upset about the fact that they just learned about the proposed changes hours before the board meeting.

No action was taken Tuesday night, although the board did instruct the Superintendent to be more transparent moving forward.

There will be three meetings to discuss the proposed Magnet Plan and proposed strategies for transition for the magnet programs proposed for elimination.

Pueblo Magnet High
Tuesday, October 1st, 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Carrillo K-5 Magnet
Wednesday, October 2nd, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Davis Magnet
Wednesday, October 2nd, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

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