Last spring, nearly 400 people from across the metro area came together over two days at the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University to learn about our region’s troubled public school history … and how to move forward.

Indicative of significant and communitywide investment, conference attendees expressed interest in solutions that would promote school diversity, equity and opportunity in central Virginia. These included innovative solutions and tested strategies for addressing educational inequalities both within and across area school systems.

One of the key solutions discussed during the conference was the establishment of regional magnet schools. These programs are typically located on or near urban-suburban boundaries and draw students across multiple school districts in order to promote diversity and achievement.

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Copyright © 2014 BH Media Group Holdings, Inc. This article first appeared in Richmond Times-Dispatch February 23, 2014.