Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Specialist in Education (Ed.S.)


Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Doris Henry

Second Advisor

Dr. Yvonne Tixier y Vigil

Third Advisor

Dr. Robert C. O'Reilly


Magnet schools appear to be one alternative to the question of how society can desegregate the public school systems. The need to desegregate became apparent in 1954 when the Supreme Court ruled in the Brown v. Topeka Board of Education 347 US 483, 74 S.Ct. 686, 98 L.Ed. 873 (1954) landmark case that separate is not equal and public school systems must be desegregated. The magnet school is a means to achieve desegregation through voluntary choice. School systems officials charged with the task of creating alternatives, could create an attractive magnet school that was more appealing than sending children on long bus rides to attend a distant neighborhood school. To do this, the varying interests of many individuals have to be considered since all parents choosing a magnet school education for their child anticipate a high quality educational environment for their child. To meet the perceived needs of school districts' clientele, different types of magnet schools have been developed.


Presented to the Graduate Faculty University of Nebraska at Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Specialist in Education. Copyright Suzanne Mrzlak Melliger April, 1991