FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Washington, D.C., March 13, 2023 – Today, Magnet Schools of America recognized the important investments included in the President’s fiscal year 2024 budget request but urged the Biden Administration and Congress to do more to support magnet schools and their critical mission to foster school integration through innovative, theme-based programming.
“We applaud President Biden’s key investments included in the fiscal year 2024 budget request – like expanded funding for preschool, a focus on multilingual education, and a recognition of the importance of career and technical education, among others – as they reflect a commitment to ensuring that America’s schools work for all students,” said MSA CEO Ramin Taheri. “But we, as a nation, must do more to combat structural inequities in our public schools, starting with eliminating, reducing, and preventing racial isolation and concentrated poverty in elementary and secondary schools. The inclusion in the President’s budget of $100 million for the Fostering Diverse Schools Program is laudable, but the requested level for the Magnet Schools Assistance Program, the single existing grant designed to foster school diversity, is inadequate to meet the needs of school districts and localities working to desegregate schools. MSA, and our member schools, look forward to working with the administration and lawmakers to increase the financial support available to provide more diverse and equitable educational opportunities for all students,” said Taheri.
Magnet Schools of America (MSA) is a nonprofit education association that represents more than 4,340 magnet schools serving nearly 3.5 million students across 46 states and the District of Columbia. MSA was founded in 1986 and authorized as a 501(c)3 in 1994. It supports and serves the leaders and teachers of magnet and theme-based schools, while promoting the development of new magnet programs.
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.