Joe Townsley


Sara Dougherty and Erin Michelson

Interview Date



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Joe Townley describes his role as the magnet school program administrator for the Capitol Region Educational Council (CREC), which operates several magnet schools in the Greater Hartford region. He describes marketing practices, the application process, and school theme specializations, with comparisons to magnets operated by the Hartford Public Schools. The interview also includes concerns by parents in suburban towns that do not participate in magnet school agreements, and state policies on magnet school tuition.


This interview was conducted as part of the Cities Suburbs and Schools seminar. Submitted as part of the OnTheLine web-book by Jack Dougherty and colleagues (


Magnet Admins



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