Every Student Succeeds Act

Toolkit for Magnet Schools


Providing a Well-Rounded
Education to Students


Ask your state to use Title IV Part A funding, known as the Student Support and Academic Achievement State Grants, for theme-based programs in magnet schools, like STEM, arts and music, foreign languages, career & technical education, etc.

Here’s why:

The focus of Title IV, Part A of ESSA is to (1) provide all students with access to a well-rounded education, (2) improve school conditions for student learning, and (3) improve the use of educational technology in order to improve the academic achievement and digital literacy of all students. The underlying goal is to help provide students with a well-rounded education. The grant program is a formula grant program, meaning each state will receive a certain percentage. States would submit a plan describing how the state education agency will use funds for state level activities and award grants to local education agencies. Magnet schools stand to benefit from such grants. 

Here’s how:

Share this guidance from the U.S. Department of Education with your state and local education agencies so they understand how the program works and how Title IV Part A can work with other funding streams such as the Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP).

The U.S. Department of Education will continue to issue guidance to the state and local education agencies around different aspects of the new law. There may also be opportunities for magnet schools to weigh in with US DOE on various rules – such as the recent supplement not supplant rule. Magnet Schools of America will continue to participate in these conversations at the federal level, but should federal level engagement interest you or if you have particular background or expertise which can help inform the implementation of the law, please visit the U.S. Department of Education’s website or contact our Legislative and Communications Manager: john.laughner@magnet.edu