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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 24, 2007

Schumer Announces Over $3.3 Million Coming To Yonkers Public Schools

Yonkers Public Schools Will Use Federal Funds to Establish and Revise Six Magnet School Programs

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced today that a grant totaling $3,305,466 to be used over three years has been awarded to Yonkers Public Schools by the U.S. Department of Education under the Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP). Schumer wrote a letter of support to Education Secretary Margaret Spellings in April of this year, urging her to provide these critical funds. The grant will be used to revise six magnet school programs.


"This is a huge boost for families in the Yonkers Public Schools," Schumer said. "Yonkers students will benefit from an enhanced magnet school program, which will further fulfill our goals of expanding excellence, choice and opportunity for all in our public school system. These critical federal funds will allow Yonkers students to better prepare for college in an inclusive learning environment. I will continue to fight for these much-needed funds to ensure that students in Yonkers are receiving the best instruction we have to offer.”


Senator Schumer wrote to Secretary Spellings in April of this year, urging her to accept the Yonkers Public Schools’ grant application.  In his letter, Schumer detailed the importance of the funding in promoting integration, ensuring students meet state standards and creating an environment in which all students can succeed academically and gain admission to college.


Yonkers Public Schools will use these federal funds to establish and revise six magnet school programs. School 23 will offer a PreK-8 Global Learning through Technology magnet program;  Family School 32 will become a PreK-8 Natural History magnet school; Casimir Pulaski will provide a PreK-8 Primary and Middle Years International Baccalaureate program; Scholastic Academy will become a PreK-8 Science and Engineering magnet school; Riverside HS will be created and offer an Engineering and Design program at the former site of the Museum Middle school; and Roosevelt HS  will become a Middle College Public Service & Mathematics, Engineering, Technology & Science (METS) magnet school.


The MSAP provides grants to eligible Local Education Agency (LEAs) and consortia of LEAs to support magnet schools that are part of an approved desegregation plan.  Through the implementation of magnet schools, these program resources can be use din pursuit of the objectives of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), which supports State and local efforts to enable all elementary and secondary students to achieve to high standards and holds schools, LEAs, and States accountable for ensuring that their students do so.  In particular, the MSAP provides an opportunity for eligible entities to focus on expanding their capacity to provide public school choice to students who attend schools identified for improvement, corrective action, or restructuring under Title I, Part A of the ESEA (Title I).


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