Please take a look at the Hartford Connecticut experience. It is under a court order (Sheff v O'Neil) and managed by the state-run Regional School Choice Office. They are ALL magnet schools, not charter schools. These are thriving and students are out-achieving their peers from their sending districts. I happen to be principal of one such magnet high school that has been ranked the #1 high school in CT for three years in row, has consistently met the desegregation goal, has students already accepted at service academies and ivy league schools for next year (early admission). How has this happened? Because the plaintiffs in the desegregation lawsuit have not let the state off the hook and takes it back to court every time those with no political backbone try to dismantle the magnet system.