Balto. Co. schools get grant for magnet sites

August 13, 2004

The Baltimore County school system will receive a nearly $6.5 million, three-year federal grant to improve student achievement and increase educational options for children through magnet schools.

Funded by the U.S. Education Department, the Magnet Schools Assistance program provides competitive grants to help local school systems create magnet schools operated under a court-ordered or federally approved voluntary desegregation plan. About 50 school districts nationwide will share more than $108 million in the program.

In the grant application, county school administrators asked for $7.5 million to introduce magnet programs at Deep Creek Middle and Chesapeake High schools in the Essex area and at Landsdowne Middle and Landsdowne High schools. A school system spokesman said it remains to be seen how the programs will be developed because the county received less money than officials had hoped for.

Baltimore County has 26 magnet programs concentrating courses in one subject area.

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