September 27, 2013

Senators Warren, Markey, Congressman Neal Announce $3.8 Million Grant for Springfield Public Schools

Washington, DC – United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey, and Congressman Richard E. Neal today announced that the Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement has awarded Springfield Public Schools (SPS) a $3,850,000 Magnet School Assistance Program grant. Senator Elizabeth Warren wrote a letter to the Department of Education earlier this year in support of the grant application.


“This award is exciting news for Springfield Public Schools,” said Senator Warren. “I applaud Superintendent Warwick, Magnet Director Bogin, and SPS’s teachers and staff for their efforts to secure this grant. This award reflects SPS’s ongoing commitment to making sure all students in Springfield have the tools and skills they need to succeed.”


"Massachusetts is a national education leader and Springfield is helping to lead the way,” said Senator Markey. “This important funding will allow the Springfield Public Schools to provide challenging academic content for students of different backgrounds and increase student academic achievement in math, science, and technology classes. I applaud Mayor Sarno and Superintendent Warwick for their leadership and commitment to excellence for all Springfield students and schools."


"I have been in the classrooms of Springfield's magnet schools and seen the difference they make in students’ lives. Some of the city's most successful and diverse public schools are magnet schools. They are laboratories of learning that give parents an opportunity to decide what school is best for their child. This important grant will allow them to continue their extraordinary work," said Congressman Richard E. Neal.


The Magnet School Assistance program seeks to diversify schools and provide students with additional opportunities to meet academic achievement standards. More information about Department of Education’s Magnet School Assistance Program is available here, and additional information about Springfield’s magnet schools may be found here.