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Brevard district and school officials accept Magnet Schools Assistance Program grant check at Golfview Elementary School in Rockledge.
Brevard County Public Schools will receive a $5,935,212 three-year grant to improve student achievement and increase educational options for parents through magnet schools. On behalf of Secretary Paige, the U.S. Department of Education's Ken Meyer recently joined Superintendent Richard A. DiPatri, the School Board and the four school principals for a grant check presentation at Golfview Elementary School in Rockledge.
"These magnet funds will directly benefit almost 2,000 students in our highest poverty schools by giving them unique opportunities to participate in creative and hands-on activities in the areas of performing arts, science, math and technology," said Dr. Richard A. DiPatri.
The Magnet Schools Assistance program provides competitive grants to help local school districts create magnet schools that are operated under a court-ordered or federally approved voluntary desegregation plan. Approximately 50 school districts will share more than $108 million in grants.
Magnet schools are public schools that offer a special curriculum capable of attracting substantial numbers of students of different racial backgrounds. Local school districts can use the schools to enhance their ability to provide public school choice to parents whose children attend schools that are not making progress according to state standards, as part of the No Child Left Behind Act.
The No Child Left Behind Act is the bipartisan landmark education reform law designed to change the culture of America's schools by closing the achievement gap among groups of students, offering more flexibility to states, giving parents more options and teaching students based on what works. Under the law's strong accountability provisions, states must describe how they will close the achievement gap and make sure all students, including those with disabilities, achieve academically.
"Our Board Members had the foresight to fund, for the first time this year, a grant writing position despite making cuts in other areas. This is proof positive it was the right thing to do," added DiPatri.