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HISD Board To Consider $12 Million Grant For Magnet Schools

In public education, magnet programs started as a way to desegregate schools. Now magnets give traditional schools a way to compete with charters and other options for parents. From the KUHF Education Desk, Laura Isensee reports how the Houston Independent School District could step up the competition.


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The Houston Independent School District already has more than 100 magnet schools.

They’re special programs that focus on certain areas like medicine or the arts.

Lupita Hinojosa with HISD explains how the district could add even more magnets.

“The federal government really is looking to strengthen what we call our STEM programs. This is science, technology, engineering and math.”

And by strengthen, Hinojosa means give money.

This week the HISD board of trustees will decide if they want to apply for a $12 million dollar federal grant.

If HISD gets the money, it would pay for eight magnet programs — including two brand new ones.

“Right now we’re looking at opening an energy high school. We were talking about petroleum energy. We’re also looking to open an early college high school potentially in the near north east part of the city.”

But so far there’s one little word that worries Superintendent Terry Grier.


Hinojosa explains the district doesn’t want to put itself in a box.

“Well, because we don’t want to say we are opening a petroleum engineering high school. And that, I mean, we’re really looking at energy, right?”

The board will consider the proposal at its meeting Thursday.

From the KUHF Education Desk, I’m Laura Isensee.


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