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U.S. Department of Education: Magnet Schools Assistance Program

Deadline: April 11, 2017

The Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) provides grants to local educational agencies (LEAs) and consortia of LEAs to support magnet schools under an approved, required, or voluntary desegregation plan. The MSAP seeks to reduce minority group isolation by funding projects that propose to implement magnet schools with academically challenging, innovative instructional approaches or specialized curricula “designed to bring students from different social, economic, ethnic, and racial backgrounds together.” Unique to many of these schools is the implementation of high-demand, industry-specific themes, using sophisticated technology and curricula.

The MSAP prioritizes the creation and replication of evidence-based magnet programs and magnet schools that work to reduce, eliminate, or prevent minority group isolation by taking into account socioeconomic diversity to better support the development and implementation of magnet schools that increase racial integration and promote academic opportunity and excellence.

There are four competitive preference priorities under this program:

Competitive Preference Priority 1: Need for Assistance (0 or 2 additional points), which is evaluated by considering:

  • The costs of fully implementing the magnet schools project as proposed
  • The resources available to the applicant to carry out the project if funds under the program were not provided
  • The extent to which the costs of the project exceed the applicant’s resources
  • The difficulty of effectively carrying out the approved plan and the project for which assistance is sought, including consideration of how the design of the magnet schools project impacts the applicant’s ability to successfully carry out the approved plan

Competitive Preference Priority 2: New or Revised Magnet Schools Projects and Strength of Evidence to Support Proposed Projects (0 to 3 additional Points). This priority considers the extent to which the applicant proposes to carry out a new evidence-based magnet school program or significantly revise an existing magnet school program, or replicate an existing magnet school program that has a demonstrated record of success in increasing student academic achievement and reducing isolation of minority groups.

Competitive Preference Priority 3: Selection of Students (0 to 2 additional points). This priority considers the extent to which the applicant proposes to select students to attend magnet schools by methods such as lottery, rather than through academic examination.

Competitive Preference Priority 4: Increasing Racial Integration and Socioeconomic Diversity (0 to 4 additional points. This priority considers the extent to which the applicant proposes to increase racial integration by taking into account socioeconomic diversity in designing and implementing magnet school programs.

Amount: A total of $115,000,000 is available for 23-30 awards with grants ranging from $700,000-$3,000,000 per year for up to five years.

Eligibility: LEAs or consortia of LEAs implementing a desegregation plan. Applicants must submit with their applications one of the following types of desegregation plans to establish eligibility to receive MSAP assistance: (a) A desegregation plan required by a court order; (b) a desegregation plan required by a state agency or an official of competent jurisdiction; (c) a desegregation plan required by the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI); or (d) a voluntary desegregation plan adopted by the applicant and submitted to the Department for approval as part of the application.

Link: http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=290629

Note: A notice of intent to apply is due on January 9, 2017.

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