Statement from Magnet Schools of America
In response to the policy statement submitted last month, MSA was invited to present to members of the Biden-Harris Education Transition Team. MSA Executive Director Todd Mann devoted his first couple of minutes to educating Team members on the purpose and value of the nation’s 4340 magnet schools. Team members then asked Mann what is MSA’s interest in seeing the new Administration achieve in its first 100 days. Mann focused on the Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP), pointing out that MSAP funds $30 per student in contrast to the $150 per student funded under the charter school program. Mann urged the Biden-Harris Administration to support a doubling of MSAP funding, to $214 million, providing funding for the sustainability of magnet schools in addition to seeding early stages. Mann also urged the Transition Team to remove the barrier to using federal funds for transportation.
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.