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The Rhodes School Receives a $1 Million Magnet School Grant

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    Ben Smith

Houston, TX – The Rhodes School in east Houston is the only charter school in the nation that is an award recipient of U.S. Department of Education grant funding for Magnet Schools. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the award of just over $1 million that will help school districts increase public school choices for parents and help districts attract a diverse group of students from throughout their communities.

“The Rhodes School has earned an Exemplary rating from the Texas Education Agency, and we look forward to continuing to make a difference in our community, with this grant funding,” The Rhodes School principal, Michelle Bonton said.

Magnet School grants provide funding to districts for up to three years. The awards will help school districts bring diverse groups of children together through the use of innovative educational programs and will create more school choices for parents.

The funds awarded will help school districts establish new magnet schools or expand existing magnet programs that are part of a school district's voluntary or required desegregation plan.

"Magnet schools play an important role in providing public school options for parents and in diversifying public schools," Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said.

The purpose of the program is to:

  • eliminate, reduce, or prevent minority group isolation in elementary and secondary schools with substantial proportions of minority students;
  • develop and implement magnet school programs that will assist in achieving systemic reforms and provide all students the opportunity to meet challenging state academic content standards and student achievement standards;
  • develop innovative educational methods and practices that promote diversity and increase choices in public elementary and secondary schools;
  • promote courses of instruction within magnet schools that will substantially strengthen students' knowledge of academic subjects and attainment of tangible and marketable vocational, technological, and professional skills;
  • improve the capacity of school districts to continue operating magnet schools after federal funding ends; and,
  • ensure that all students in magnet school programs have equitable access to high-quality education that enables them to succeed academically and continue with post-secondary education or productive employment.