Aug 25, 1998
Press Release

Reps. Carolyn B. Maloney and Thomas J. Manton announced today that Community School District #30 in Queens has been selected to receive more than $2 million in funding for FY98 under the Magnet Schools Assistance Program. Over the next three years, the District is slated to receive $6.8 million, subject to Congressional appropriations.


"Education is the key to our country's future. With this grant, School District #30 is now armed with the resources to take its outstanding educational practices and transform them into a national model for excellence in education. I am thrilled that a school district in Queens has been awarded this important grant," said Rep. Maloney.

Rep. Manton said: "School District #30 is one of the most diverse, multi-ethnic school districts in the nation. I am proud that the U.S. Department of Education has recognized the innovative teaching ideas that take place at School District #30."

Both Representatives provided congressional support for District #30's grant application.

The $2.4 million grant, issued by the U.S. Department of Education, will support activities in 10 School District #30 elementary and middle schools. Under the Magnet Schools Assistance Program, the funds will be designated to the schools that offer special courses of study capable of attracting substantial numbers of students from different racial backgrounds. The Program supports activities designed to improve racial balance among schools through the use of magnet schools; the development and implementation of innovative educational practices and methods; the achievement of systemic reform; and courses of study that strengthen students' knowledge of academic subjects and their grasp of tangible and marketable vocational skills.

The money can be used for planning and promotional activities directly related to the magnet school programs; instructional activities for all students at the school, regardless of whether they are enrolled in the magnet program; and acquisition of books, materials and equipment necessary for the magnet programs. The funds can not be used for transportation of the students.