Here’s why some students land a seat in coveted magnet schools outside the lottery

Nov 5, 2018 by

More than a year has passed since state auditors revealed students were being enrolled in high-performing magnet schools outside the state-run lottery – but were unable to say why those students were offered one of these coveted seats.

On Thursday they released another audit for another year, calling into question why students were being admitted into schools in 2016-17 outside the lottery. The auditors were unable to determine, again, why these students were offered a seat.

On Thursday, the State Department of Education provided some clarity.

All 10 of the students enrolled in a magnet school run by the Capitol Region Education Council last school year were already attending another magnet school, but needed to transfer schools because of safety reasons – such as being bullied – or because they were foster children or homeless and requested changing schools.

“These transfers were approved by [the state] because the students actually received their seats through the lottery process,” the Connecticut State Department of Education said in a statement.

Source: Here’s why some students land a seat in coveted magnet schools outside the lottery – The CT MirrorThe CT Mirror

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