JCPS officials debut new student assignment plan - WDRB 41 Louisville News

JCPS officials debut new student assignment plan

Starting next year, parents can send their children to Louisville elementary schools that specialize in foreign languages, math and science, and even the performing arts.

The magnet programs got the school board's approval Monday night.  Board members and administrators were almost giddy discussing the new, 23 magnet school programs.

They're designed to keep schools diverse by attracting students of all races, from all sorts of neighborhoods. 

You've heard a lot about Lincoln Elementary school in the last five years.  The board wanted to close it.  Now its students will be part of a performing arts program.

Other schools will focus on small class sizes, leadership skills, international studies and technology.

Parents will need to start thinking about choices this fall, in time for the showcase of schools and the 2009-2010 school year.

Principals at these schools not only are preparing for the upcoming school year, but they have to put together what are called design teams to plot the curriculum and other details for each of the magnet schools.

The school district still has other issues to solve with these magnets.  One? How to pay for them, with help from private business.  And two each school would need at least one additional teacher.

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