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Back to School Already? First Day at State’s First Magnet School

Here’s a sentence you don’t hear much: today is August 7th… the first day of school.

Rochester’s Maple Street Elementary School is reopening this year as the state’s first Magnet School: an experiment in school reform that involves a longer school year and a specialized curriculum.

Under the best of circumstances the first day of school can be hectic for teachers and administrators. But imagine this, before this school year started folks at the Maple Street Magnet School had to hire 60 percent new staff, conduct a lottery to decide which students got to attend the school, and rearrange classrooms to accommodate a 4th grade that hadn’t been there before.