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Three Magnet Programs in Houston Face Closure

Another 15 magnet programs are on probation after failing to meet standards.


The Houston Independent School District is cracking down on magnet schools that don’t meet certain standards.

Three schools in Houston may lose their magnet status next year and another fifteen magnet schools are now on probation.

That’s after a preliminary review of HISD’s specialty schools. Last year, the district started checking if its special academic programs hit certain targets.

Magnets have to enroll 20 percent of their students from outside their attendance zone. The students also need to perform well academically. If they don’t, the programs can get eliminated.

The three magnets now facing possible closure are Ross Elementary’ s science program, Jane Long Academy’s gifted program and the architecture program at Scarborough High School.

Those schools could continue to offer specialty classes. They just wouldn’t receive extra magnet funding or transportation from the district or carry the magnet label.

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Laura Isensee

Laura Isensee

Education Reporter

Laura Isensee covers education for Houston Public Media, including K-12 and higher education. Previously, she was a staff reporter at The Miami Herald and contributed to South Florida’s NPR affiliate. Her work has also appeared in The Dallas Morning News, Reuters and Clarín in Argentina. Laura has won awards for...

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