Burlington school board decides to keep open all schools

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The Burlington school board is abandoning a proposal to consolidate the city’s elementary schools as a way to reduce the high poverty rates among students at two schools.

The board voted yesterday to keep all six schools open, but members are supporting a proposal to study the creation of magnet schools to attract middle and upper income students to the downtown schools.

The emotional discussion of the socio-economic integration of students in Burlington has been before school officials for months.

Some feel the two Old North End schools have a greater share of economically challenged students, which could hinder their educations.

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