Magnet Schools of America (MSA) organizes grassroots action on federal, state and local policy issues critical to its members. Grassroots activities can be carried out in your community and will enable you to utilize local supporters to demonstrate your school’s impact on your legislator’s constituents. Every magnet school is urged to play a part in this nationwide effort because the support of your federal, state, and local leaders is important to our future.
Your help is needed to ensure funding is sufficient to support magnet school programs, especially through the federal Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP), which is authorized under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). It is also imperative that state legislation and local decisions are enacted to strengthen magnet schools. As the local expert on magnet programs, you are able to educate elected officials about how your magnet schools are improving your community and just how important federal, state, and local support is for continuing these programs.
This Grassroots Action Plan provides step-by-step instructions for showcasing your magnet school and educating your leaders on its impact on the local school system and community. A number of grassroots activities are outlined, and there is at least one that every MSA member will be able to accomplish. Make sure your grassroots activities are suitable for your program and community and the information you provide is non-partisan.
MSA staff is always available to offer technical assistance with your grassroots activities. Please feel free to call the national office at (202) 824-0672.