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Department Awards $100 Million in Magnet School Grants


U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings today announced the award of $100 million in Magnet School grants to 41 school districts in 17 states. The awards will help school districts create more school choices for parents, bring diverse groups of children together and help create innovative educational programs.

The grants range in size from less than $1 million to more than $3 million.

“When parents have options it empowers them with the ability to decide what’s best for their children,” Spellings said. “These grants will help create innovative educational programs for students and increase options for parents.”

The funds awarded today will help school districts establish new magnet schools or expand existing magnet programs that are part of a school district’s court-ordered or federally approved voluntary 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.
The Magnet Schools Assistance Program is authorized under Title V, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Act, as amended in 1994 and is administered by the Office of Innovation and Improvement.

Following is a list of grantees:

Magnet Schools Assistance Program
FY 2007 New Award Recipients


Jonesboro Public Schools District #1 — $2,055,988
Jonesboro, Arkansas

Texarkana Arkansas School District No.7 — $3,106,355
Texarkana, Arkansas


ABC Unified School District — $539,726
Cerritos, California

Fresno Unified School District — $3,187,626
Fresno, California

Long Beach Unified School District — $2,916,205
Long Beach, California

Moorpark Unified School District — $496,793
Moorpark, California

San Diego Unified School District — $3,518,188
San Diego, California

San Jose Unified School District — $2,038,446
San Jose, California

San Mateo-Foster City School District — $2,598,626
Foster City, California


Colorado Springs School District 11 — $1,878,252
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Pueblo School District No. 60 — $2,440,246
Pueblo, Colorado


Area Cooperative Educational Services — $314,683
North Haven, Connecticut

Cooperative Educational Services—Six to Six Magnet School — $690,755
Trumbull, Connecticut

New Haven Public Schools — $2,214,677
New Haven, Connecticut


Duval County Public Schools — $3,649,461
Jacksonville, Florida

Hillsborough County Public Schools — $3,120,638
Tampa, Florida

School Board of Miami-Dade County, FL — $3,471,495
Miami, Florida

Seminole County Public Schools — $654,899
Sanford, Florida

The School District of Palm Beach County — $3,467,721
West Palm Beach, Florida


Chicago Public Schools, District # 299 — $3,482,356
Chicago, Illinois


South Bend Community School Corporation — $3,162,528
South Bend, Indiana


Lafayette Parish School System — $2,551,452
Lafayette, Louisiana


Springfield Public Schools — $3,152,415
Springfield, Massachusetts


Kalamazoo Public Schools — $3,026,017
Kalamazoo, Michigan

Lansing School District — $1,689,398
Lansing, Michigan


Independent School District #196 — $1,767,020
Rosemount, Minnesota

Northwest Suburban Integration School District #6078 — $3,647,439
Brooklyn Center, Minnesota

Saint Paul Public Schools — $2,192,137
Saint Paul, Minnesota


Cleveland School District — $2,158,462
Cleveland, Mississippi

North Carolina

Cumberland County Schools — $1,731,967
Fayetteville, North Carolina

Guilford County Schools — $1,509,072
Greensboro, North Carolina

Wake County Public School System — $3,582,151
Raleigh, North Carolina

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools — $1,665,768
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

New York

NYC Dept of Ed-Community School District 10 — $1,434,921
Bronx, New York

NYC Dept of Ed-Community School District 20 — $2,971,034
Brooklyn, New York

NYC Dept of Ed-Community School District 25 — $2,549,661
Flushing, New York

NYC Dept of Ed-Region 6 — $2,310,269
Brooklyn, New York

Yonkers Public Schools — $3,305,466
Yonkers, New York


Lorain City Schools — $3,425,931
Lorain, Ohio


Tulsa County Independent School District No. 1 — $3,875,688
Tulsa, Oklahoma


The School District of Philadelphia — $2,838,341
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


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