Who gets in to magnet schools?

Chicago’s highly regarded magnet schools will change admissions rules  to drop race as a criteria. Instead, there will be more places for siblings and neighborhood children; socioeconomic status will replace race as a diversity factor.

Only 12 percent of all applicants won admission to elementary magnets this year, reports the Chicago Sun-Times.

According to sources, CPS officials hope to look at annually updated census tract data reflecting several socioeconomic variables of the area in which applicants live. That could include the area’s median family income; adult education level; percent of single parents; the level of owner-occupied homes; and the percent of children living in homes where a language other than English is spoken.

Via the Ed Next blog.

With most magnet schools located in “nice” areas, neighborhood admissions will favor affluent whites and Asians, writes Alexander Russo. Of course, such families are a very small percentage of public schools’ enrollment.