U.S. Department of Education Awards $89.8 Million in Magnet School Assistance Program Grants

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U.S. Department of Education Awards $89.8 Million in Magnet School Assistance Program Grants

Grants will help 27 school districts in 12 states desegregate schools, expand school choice and increase parental options

September 26, 2013

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced the award of $89.8 million in Magnet School Assistance Program (MSAP) grants to 27 school districts in 12 states. The awards will help school districts increase public school choices for parents and help districts attract a diverse group of students from throughout their communities.

"Magnet schools help increase public school options for parents and students in communities across the country," Secretary Duncan said. "These grants will help students gain access to challenging curricula that will help prepare them for college and 21st century careers."

Magnet School Assistance Program grants, administered by the Department's Office of Innovation and Improvement, provide funding to districts for up to three years. The first-year grants range in size from $737,626 to $4 million. The awards will help school districts bring diverse groups of children together through the use of innovative educational programs and will create more school choices for parents.

The funds awarded through MSAP also help school districts establish new magnet schools or expand existing magnet programs that are part of a school district's voluntary or required desegregation plan.

The purpose of the program is to:

  • Eliminate, reduce, or prevent minority group isolation in elementary and secondary schools with substantial proportions of minority students;
  • Develop and implement magnet school programs that will assist in achieving systemic reforms and provide all students the opportunity to meet challenging state academic content standards and student achievement standards;
  • Develop innovative educational methods and practices that promote diversity and increase choices in public elementary and secondary schools;
  • Promote courses of instruction within magnet schools that will substantially strengthen students' knowledge of academic subjects and attainment of tangible and marketable vocational, technological, and professional skills;
  • Improve the capacity of school districts to continue operating magnet schools after federal funding ends; and,
  • Ensure that all students in magnet schools programs have equitable access to high-quality education that enables them to succeed academically and continue with post-secondary education or productive employment.

Following is a list of MSAP grantees for fiscal year 2013:


Texarkana Arkansas School District - $3,142,066
Texarkana, Arkansas


Los Angeles Unified School District - $3,714,306
Los Angeles, California
Napa Valley Unified School District - $2,834,293
Napa, California
Oxnard School District - $4,000,000
Oxnard, California
Pasadena Unified School District - $3,141,770
Pasadena, California
San Diego Unified School District - $3,853,939
San Diego, California
Ventura Unified School District - $3,379,273
Ventura, California


Pueblo City School District #60 - $3,433,666
Pueblo, Colorado


Bridgeport City School District - $3,239,384
Bridgeport, Connecticut
LEARN - $3,979,313
Old Lyme (Hartford, Windham, New London and Norwich), Connecticut
New Haven Public Schools - $3,733,989
New Haven, Connecticut


Brevard Public Schools - $3,999,747
Viera, Florida
Seminole County Public Schools - $737,626
Sanford, Florida
The School Board of Broward County - $3,993,290
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
The School Board of Miami-Dade County - $3,532,735
Miami, Florida
The School Board of Polk County - $3,997,000
Bartow, Florida


Unified School District 259 (DBA Wichita Public Schools) - $3,999,993
Wichita, Kansas


Springfield Public Schools - $3,850,000
Springfield, Massachusetts


Lansing School District - $3,396,230
Lansing, Michigan


Clarksdale Municipal School District - $1,995,391
Clarksdale, Mississippi

New York

New York City Community School Districts 13 and 15 - $3,150,000
Brooklyn, New York
New York City Community School District 28 - $2,836,829
Jamaica, New York

South Carolina

Richland School District Two - $1,683,734
Columbia, South Carolina
School District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties - $3,990,500
Irmo, South Carolina


Galveston Independent School District - $4,000,000
Galveston, Texas
Houston Independent School District - $3,999,597
Houston, Texas
Waco Independent School District - $2,199,120
Waco, Texas