Magnet Schools Assistance

To provide grants to eligible local educational agencies (LEAs) to establish and operate magnet schools that are operated under court-ordered, agency-ordered, or federally approved voluntary desegregation plans.

Magnet programs aim to eliminate, reduce, or prevent minority-group isolation in
elementary and secondary schools while strengthening students' academic achievement.

Agency - Department of Education

The Department of Education ensures equal access to education and promotes educational excellence through coordination, management and accountability in Federal education programs. The Department works to supplement and complement educational efforts on all levels, encouraging increased involvement by the public, parents and students.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Clark County School District $ 14,829,400   2017-10-012023-09-30
School District Five Of Lexington And Richland Counties $ 13,711,834   2017-10-012023-09-30
Capitol Region Education Council $ 14,777,760   2017-10-012023-09-30
New Haven, City Of $ 14,993,125   2017-10-012023-09-30
School Board Of Seminole County Florida, The $ 15,000,000   2017-10-012023-09-30
School Board Of Miami-dade County $ 14,999,999   2017-10-012023-09-30
Richland County School District # 1 $ 14,985,558   2017-10-012023-06-30
School Board Of Lee County $ 10,239,712   2017-10-012023-06-30
Learn $ 14,991,098   2017-10-012023-03-31
Idea Public Schools $ 11,485,397   2017-10-012022-12-30

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available. Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Funds may be used, among other things, for planning and promotional activities directly related to the development, expansion, continuation, or enhancement of academic programs offered at magnet schools; for purchasing books, materials, equipment; and for paying or subsidizing the salaries of teachers and instructional staff in magnet schools.

Funds may also be used for transportation of students to and from a magnet school assuming transportation is sustainable beyond the grant period and transportation costs do not represent a significant portion of the grant funds received by the eligible LEA.

Funds may not be used on activities that are not directly related to improving student academic achievement.

A grantee may use not more than 50 percent of funds in the first year of the grant, and not more than 15 percent in the second and third years, for planning.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

LEAs that are implementing court-ordered, agency-ordered or federally approved voluntary desegregation plans that include magnet schools are eligible to apply.

Beneficiary Eligibility

LEAs and participating students will benefit.


Applicants must submit a copy of the desegregation plan they are implementing, or will implement, if assistance is made available. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, 'Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.' An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Application notices are published in the Federal Register and applications must be sent to the Education Department on or before the closing date.

Award Procedures

Recommendations for the approval of applications are made by the program staff on the basis of published criteria, statutory priorities, State comments received under the E.O. 12372 process, and with the advice and assistance of a panel of independent reviewers. In addition, no application may be approved unless the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights determines that all required assurances will be met.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended, Title IV, Part D.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

The range is anticipated to be 90 to 120 days from the closing date.


Not Applicable.


The project period for a Magnet School award may not exceed 60 months. To receive continuation funding, grantees must demonstrate substantial progress toward meeting their goals and objectives. Renewals are subject to the availability of appropriations.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The length of grants will be up to 60 months, subject to the availability of funds. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.

Post Assistance Requirements


As part of the continuation award funding process, grantees must submit performance reports annually.

Final performance reports must be submitted within 90 days of the end of the grant award period.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


Under section 443 of the General Education Provisions Act as well as 75.730-732; and 2 CFR 200.333, grantees must maintain records for 3 years.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $96,647,000; FY 17 est $97,647,000; and FY 18 est $96,643,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range of awards: $350,000-$3,000,000 (estimated).

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Contact the Program Office for information on regulations (34 CFR 280).

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Anna Hinton Department of Education, Office of Innovation and Improvement Parental Options and Information, 400 Maryland Ave., SW, Washington, District of Columbia 20202 Email: Phone: (202) 260-1816

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Criteria are used to evaluate the applicant's project design, project services, personnel, budget and resources, evaluation plan, and commitment and capacity. Competitive priority is given to applicants that demonstrate the greatest need for assistance; carry out new, evidence-based magnet schools significantly revised magnet schools using evidence-based methods, or replicate and existing magnet school program with a demonstrated record of success; select students to attend magnet schools through methods such as lottery, rather than academic examination, and propose to increase racial integration by taking into account socioeconomic diversity. For funds appropriated for the program in excess of $75 million, competitive priority is given to those applicants that did not receive funds under the program in the previous fiscal year.

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