On October 5, 2022, the U.S. Department of Education announced 19 Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP) awards totaling 110 million dollars.

It also announced four new grant awards for the 2022 Equity Assistance Centre (EAC) Program. The award totals more than 6.5 million dollars.

Last January, U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona laid out his vision for education in America. He addressed a bold vision to address opportunity and achievement gaps in education.

That vision includes challenging states and districts to fix broken systems that may perpetuate inequities in our schools.

When deciding on grant-making, the Department centralizes it efforts around educational equity, including high-quality educational experiences for all students.

This principle continues to guide discretionary grant-making. It is true especially for programs that support historically underserved communities and students

“Today, we’re investing in schools and communities that have shown a commitment to intentionally serving students and closing opportunity gaps based on race, place, and circumstance in America.”

U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona

Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP)

  • The MSAP awards support efforts to develop and revitalize magnet schools. The academically challenging and innovative instructional approaches designed to bring together students from different social, economic, ethnic, and racial backgrounds.
  • These 19 grantees will implement a variety of curricular focus areas in 62 schools. The schools offer programming in all five areas of STEAM learning, career development, leadership skills, and language immersion.

Equity Assistance Centre (EAC) Program

  • The EAC awards fund four new regional EACs that each provide technical assistance to public schools and other agencies. It is focused on addressing equity in their community for students and the educators.
  • This funding also supports regional EACs. These provide technical assistance and training at the request of school boards and other governmental agencies.
  • Each center provides training in civil rights, equity, and school reform within a region comprised of 12-15 states.
  • This assistance helps schools and communities ensure that equitable education opportunities are available and accessible for all children.

Awards List

Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP)

  • Hope School District, AR – $6,535,982
  • Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District, CA – $6,638,932
  • Pasadena Unified School District, CA – $6,660,864
  • Area Cooperative Educational Services (ACES), CT – $1,893,989
  • LEARN, CT – $2,925,471
  • The School Board of Broward County, Florida, FL – $6,315,229
  • The School Board of Miami-Dade County, FL – $6,361,816
  • The School Board of Polk County, FL – $6,176,171
  • Clayton County Public Schools, GA – $6,464,420
  • Cedar Rapids Community School District, IA – $6,489,965
  • Board of Education of the City of Chicago, IL – $5,893,904
  • Lansing School District, MI – $6,103,227
  • Wake County Public School System, NC – $5,511,127
  • NYC Department of Education – Community School District 32, NY – $5,999,998
  • NYC Department of Education – Community School District 19, NY – $5,999,998
  • NYC Department of Education – Community School District 28, NY – $5,999,998
  • Georgetown County School District, SC – $7,804,837
  • Richland County School District #1, SC – $5,435,160
  • Kaleidoscope Youth Development Services, Inc., TX – $5,925,556
  • Total grant – $111,136,644

Equity Assistance Centre (EAC) Program

  • Mid Atlantic Equity Consortium Inc – Region I: Connecticut, Delaware, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virgin Islands, West Virginia – 1,593,544 dollars
  • Southern Education Foundation – Region II: Alabama, Arkansas, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia – 1,658,206 dollars
  • Trustees of Indiana University – Region III: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wisconsin – 1,645,846 dollars
  • WestEd – Region IV: Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Colorado, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming – 1,628,613 dollars
  • Total grant: 6,526,209 dollars

Source: U.S. Department of Education

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