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					                                  South Carolina General Assembly
                                      118th Session, 2009-2010

S. 885

STATUS INFORMATION

Senate Resolution
Sponsors: Senator Campsen
Document Path: l:\s-res\gec\045magn.kmm.gec.docx

Introduced in the Senate on June 16, 2009
Adopted by the Senate on June 16, 2009

Summary: Academic Magnet High School


HISTORY OF LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS

    Date   Body Action Description with journal page number
 6/16/2009 Senate Introduced and adopted SJ-69


VERSIONS OF THIS BILL

6/16/2009
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 9                A SENATE RESOLUTION
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11   CONGRATULATING ACADEMIC MAGNET HIGH SCHOOL
12   IN NORTH CHARLESTON FOR BEING AMONG THE
13   TOP-RANKED PUBLIC SCHOOLS IN THE COUNTRY BY
14   NEWSWEEK MAGAZINE.
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16   Whereas, Academic Magnet High School once again has landed
17   among the top-ranked public schools in the country, according to a
18   Newsweek magazine Web exclusive list of the nation’s 1,500 best
19   schools; and
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21   Whereas, the North Charleston school earned a No. 12 ranking this
22   year, and Academic Magnet was one of only twenty-two South
23   Carolina schools to be ranked by the magazine this year; and
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25   Whereas, the ranking is based on the ratio of the number of
26   Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or Cambridge
27   tests taken by all students at a school in 2008 divided by the
28   number of graduating seniors; and
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30   Whereas, Academic Magnet High has been recognized by two
31   national magazines for its quality: U.S. News & World Report -
32   No. 9 in 2008; and No. 27 in 2007; and Newsweek - No. 12 in
33   2009; No. 7 in 2008; No. 11 in 2007; and No. 10 in 2006; and
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35   Whereas, Academic Magnet has a highly selective admissions
36   process, and once enrolled, students must take at least four
37   Advanced Placement courses and finish a comprehensive thesis.
38   Many students take more than the required number of AP classes,
39   and students took more than 950 AP tests this year; and
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41   Whereas, while the Newsweek ranking is one to be proud of,
42   principal Judith Peterson said it’s not a motivator for encouraging

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 1   students to take AP classes. The AP classes prepare students well
 2   for college and offer the opportunity to earn credit; and
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 4   Whereas, the school’s students also commit to ninety hours of
 5   community service by graduation, and those enrolled at Academic
 6   Magnet are high achieving and conscientious students; and
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 8   Whereas, the Newsweek list is intended to honor schools that have
 9   “done the best job in persuading average students to take college
10   level courses and tests. It does not work with schools that have no,
11   or almost no, average students,” according to the magazine’s Web
12   site; and
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14   Whereas, Newsweek excluded magnet or charter schools with an
15   average SAT score above 1300 on the reading and math sections,
16   or an average ACT score above 29. Now, therefore,
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18   Be it resolved by the Senate:
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20   That the members of the Senate, by this resolution, congratulate
21   Academic Magnet High School for being among the top-ranked
22   public schools in the country by Newsweek magazine.
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24   Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to
25   Academic Magnet High School.
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