Nashville Plan Would Put Equity Over Excellence, Use Lottery For Magnet Schools

  • The Metro Nashville Public School (MNPS) Board this week considered changing eligibility rules for admission to its two highly successful academic magnet schools – Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet High School and Hume-Fogg Academic High School. If adopted, all prospective students would be subject to a lottery system for admission.
  • Masters told the board, “What I’m trying to do now, with the board we have, that clearly has an equity focus, is for us to take a crack at providing a directive through policy that we are no longer ok with these academic magnets not being representative of the diversity of our city as a whole.”
  • Hume-Fogg and MLK are two of the city’s highest-performing high schools, regularly securing state and national accolades.
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