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Magnet students crowding gifted out of BR High

Saturday, February 15, 2014

If this isn’t the epitome of exclusion and selective admission, we don’t know what is. It’s ridiculous that people continue accepting this as normal.

From the Baton Rouge Advocate:

Four middle schools with magnet programs have taken almost all of the 400 slots for next year’s ninth-grade class at Baton Rouge Magnet High School, angering the parents of children at other middle schools, particularly three with gifted programs.

They now are scrambling to figure out whether to give other public or private schools a try instead.

It’s a day that’s been coming for years for Baton Rouge’s flagship public high school, since at least 2004. That’s when magnet school students were given preferred admission to the high school.

A total of 363 of this year’s 400 available slots went to students from magnet schools. Another 31 incoming students are younger siblings of current students at the high school.

Read the full article here.