The initial indications are that there was a big drop in the number of Wake County magnet school applicants this year.
School officials announced today that 1,755 out of 4,296 magnet school applicants, or 40.9 percent, were placed into a magnet school for the 2012-13 school year. School officials say 2,766 students have been placed on a wait list to get into their first-choice magnet school. (Some people were placed in a second-choice or lower magnet school.)
School officials say it's difficult to compare this year's totals with last year's number because 1,808 preassigned rising magnet sixth- and ninth-graders didn't have to apply.
But even if you add in the preassigned students, it's a less than last year when 8,476 applications were received.
Did the practice of listing the number of open seats at each magnet school, which reflected the preassigned students, have an impact? Also, were some families scared off by the new magnet school feeder patterns?