To better compete with charters, a Florida school board reexamines its magnets

This clip from today’s South Florida Sun Sentinel provides more evidence that Florida school districts are adapting to a more market-driven public education system:

With budget constraints and fierce competition from charter schools, the Broward School Board is taking a hard look at which magnet schools may not be drawing enough students.

Programs that aren’t popular could be changed or canned. Successful magnets, such as the district’s two Montessori schools, could be replicated or expanded.

‘Whatever’s not working, in my opinion, you don’t continue it,’ said board member Robin Bartleman.

The parental choice movement’s efforts to make public education more democratic are clearly gaining momentum.

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BY Doug Tuthill

A lifelong educator and former teacher union president, Tuthill has been president of Step Up For Students since August 2008.