CCSD Magnet Changes
The policies that are currently being proposed by the Clark County School District are that we change the transportation zoning system and that we also balance out all the curriculums of all magnet schools so that every one of those schools will have the same classes. The reason why they are considering these policies is that some schools are overpopulated and others are underpopulated and if zoning changes, then you will be forced to go to your nearest magnet schools and it wouldn't matter because they would all have the same curriculums and thus quality of education. Also, zoning changes will lower the amount of spendings on transportation . This may sound somewhat ideal, however, there are many issues to these policies that will directly affect us students that are enrolled in the current magnet programs of our choice. Additionally, magnet schools were partially created to stop racially segregation in schools--by zoning them again, we risk turning back the clock for thousands of young Nevadans.
First of all, if they make all of the schools' curriculums the same, that will probably mean that schools that specialize in certain areas of academic subjects like Hyde Park and Clark with advanced math and science classes that many other schools don't have, will lose those classes and students who wish to remain living in the city of Las Vegas, but want to exercise their advanced math and science abilities will have to either be separated from their peers and put in a classroom of students that are 2 grade levels older than them or will have to accept the path of all the other students their age in their school. This also applies to other current magnet schools with specialties in different things such as the fine arts (K.O. Knudson, Las Vegas Academy), engineering (Cashman, Roy Martin), Technology (A-Tech) etc.
Gifted thinkers simply can't learn this way. Gifted students need an environment available to them that will allow them to express themselves openly with peers and practice their academic abilities to their full potential at their own fast paced way of learning. We should have the power to choose whether or not we are willing to opt out of school transportation to go to the school of our preference. We have the right to choose our education.