Magnetizing Public Education: The Lingering Effects of Magnet Schools in the Cincinnati Public School District, OH
This paper situates the discourse of magnet schools within context of polarizing Neoliberal policies. Specifically, it examines the emergence of magnet school programs and how these constitute the "roll-out" of market-oriented Neoliberal policy reforms. The emergence of the Neoliberalism coincides with Civil Rights era desegregation, resulting in voluntary choice of magnet schools as the court accepted and government supported policy reform. Through an analysis of variance (ANOVA) of ethnicity and neighborhood income level of Cincinnati Public High School students, it is found that magnet schools correlate with the polarization of student populations. This research is integral in broadening the discourse of contemporary school choice debates.
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