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Socio-Economic Issues In Magnet Schools

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Shanteria Ivery
Kozol Paper

According to GLOBAL ISSUES, “1 billion children live in poverty (1 in 2 children in the world). 640 million live without adequate shelter, 400 million have no access to safe water, and 270 million have no access to health services. 10.6 million Died in 2003 before they reached the age of 5 (or roughly 29,000 children per day).” In America alone, much of our country lives in poverty and a very large portion of this population are the students that enter our classrooms. Although we as teachers are not expected to change our students’ financial situation, we are expected to fight against the odds that face our students that live in these conditions. However, jumping over meeting the physiological needs of our students
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Magnet schools are free public elementary and secondary schools that have a focus theme such as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), Fine and Performing Arts, or Career and Technical Education (CTE). Magnet schools offer specialized programs that emphasize on a theme that would interest the student or the parents would like for student to be interested in. However, for those in lower classes, they will be disheartened to find that low-income, ESOL, and special education students are underrepresented. The admission criteria for magnet schools is so stringent that it rejects those with failing grades, records of bad behavior, or many absences from schools. Students who meet the criteria that is usually rejected are those from lower socio-economic classes due to needs not being met. With lack of representation and harsh criteria to meet, it is often very difficult for students in social classes to meet this criteria and achieve a spot in a magnet school. It becomes a common theme of minority parents asking for something better for their children, yet schools discount these parents because it becomes evident to see these are the kids that the public school system does not value (Kozol
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