Magnet Schools of America Announces New CEO

Magnet Schools of America (MSA), the leading voice for magnet schools across the country, formally announces Ramin Taheri as its new Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Taheri officially takes office on January 1, 2023.

Currently chief of staff for the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights, Taheri coordinates activities related to media and communications, congressional affairs, strategic policy development, and organizational management for one of the largest civil rights offices in the federal government. His experience covers a range of complex legal, policy, and regulatory issues in education and civil rights with an emphasis on school diversity, integration, equity, and access.

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What are Magnet Schools?

Magnet schools are built on the foundation of five pillars and are free public elementary and secondary schools of choice that are operated by school districts or a consortium of districts.

Magnet Schools of America

MSA is a national nonprofit professional education association that represents and is a resource to magnet schools, parents, teachers, school boards, administrators, business leaders, community organizations and institutions of higher education for its members.

MSA National Scholarship Application Now Open

MSA is hosting a National Student Scholarship program for magnet high school students enrolled in a member school or program registered for the April 18-23 conference. This is a great opportunity for students to earn a scholarship funded solely by donations from MSA members, Past Presidents, the Board of Directors, and the national office staff.  Applications are due by 6 p.m. ET Friday, March 3, 2023.


MSA Strategic Roadmap Benefits of Integrated Schools and Classrooms

Check out the one-page summary of the academic, economic, and social benefits of magnet schools.


Restore and Reignite with EMLA

Enrollment is now open for our next Executive Magnet Leadership Academy (EMLA) cohort, a professional development opportunity that restores and reignites magnet leaders.

EMLA features top-notch equity in education instructors from American University, UCLA, USC, and more. Within eight virtual 2.5-hour sessions from Oct. 2022 – May 2023, you’ll hear from national magnet education experts on topics such as equity, diversity, and innovation. And you’ll earn an MSA National Institute for Magnet School Leadership Certificate of Participation at the end of the academy. 

Reignite your passion for magnet education. Invest in your professional development and fill your bucket with strategies and tools to move your magnet schools and leadership forward!




Are you committed to the future of our nation’s magnet schools? MSA is always looking for partners and sponsors who can advance the educational goals of our magnet school members. Whether it is spotlighting your products and services at our three national conferences each year or reaching thousands of magnet school leaders through our monthly emails, we can work with you to customize a sponsor package to match your investment.

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MSA supports and serves the leaders and teachers of magnet and theme-based schools throughout the country. MSA represents 4.340 magnet schools and nearly 3.5 million students.

Become a supporter of Magnet Schools of America by donating today! Donations support scholarships to students awarded at MSA’s annual conference.


Learn how to become a Nationally Certified Magnet School

Raise the level of performance consistent throughout school districts nationwide and creates a platform from which all magnet schools can flourish. Magnet Schools of America’s national certification process is designed to recognize the hard work of the best magnet schools in the nation and to help them as they grow.

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