U.S. Department of Education Awards $91 Million to Support Racial and Socioeconomic Integration through Magnet Schools

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U.S. Department of Education Awards $91 Million to Support Racial and Socioeconomic Integration through Magnet Schools

September 26, 2016

The U.S. Department of Education today announced the award of $91 million in Magnet School Assistance Program grants to nine school districts in five states. The awards will help these districts create rigorous academic programs that attract a diverse group of students from throughout their communities.

"Magnet schools help break down barriers that too often get in the way of our highest need students attending diverse, well-resourced schools," U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. said. "These grants will expand learning opportunities for students and help districts foster schools that reflect the full diversity of their communities."

Magnet school grants provide funding to districts for three-year projects. This year's grants range in size from $4.6 million to $11.9 million. These funds help school districts establish new magnet schools, or expand existing magnet programs, whose strategies must be consistent with the school district’s voluntary or required desegregation plan. Together, these nine grantees will launch or expand 38 magnet schools.

Highlights from this year's cohort of magnet school grantees include the use of a new student lottery and enrollment system in Polk County, Florida as part of its commitment to fostering schools that reflect the makeup of its communities; a new Sea and Sky Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) school in New Haven, Connecticut that will transform how students explore the ocean, sky, and space through real-world STEM projects; and San Diego's comprehensive outreach strategy to engage parents and communities within San Diego's new magnet schools.

Beginning next year, these grant awards will be made under the newly authorized Every Student Succeeds Act which includes some key changes to the program, such as a longer grant duration and increased flexibility for regional approaches.

Please see below for the list of grantees and total funding.

Magnet School Assistance Program Grantees

Grantee NameStateTotal Funding
Independent School District 196MN$4,622,449
New Haven Public School SystemCT$11,716,769
New York City Department of Education - Community School District 14NY$11,625,000
New York City Department of Education - Community School District 22NY$11,550,000
New York City Department of Education - Community School District 27NY$11,475,000
New York City Department of Education - Community School District 30NY$10,500,000
San Diego Unified School DistrictCA$10,317,717
The School Board of Polk CountyFL$11,998,155
The School District of Palm Beach CountyFL$7,217,054*
Total $91,022,144

*Note: Pending future Congressional appropriations, the School District of Palm Beach County may receive additional grant funds in FY 2017 or future years.