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Arizona 2010 Grant Abstract

Grantee Name:

Tucson Unified School District

Project Name:

Magnet School Program

Project Director:

Teri Melendez


(520) 225-6304


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The proposed project was designed to address specific needs identified in the Tucson Unified School District (TUSD). TUSD is a large urban school district that was under desegregation court order until this past year when unitary status was confirmed. At that time a Voluntary Desegregation Plan was implanted and is in effect. TUSD's total enrollment of over 55,000 students has been increasing in minority enrollment for the past 20 years and is also faced with declining enrollment overall. There are over 8,000 students who are English Language Learners. There continue to be disparities in achievement between minorities and non-minorities which would be addressed in this grant.

Three schools are the subject of this grant. They include Robison Elementary, a new magnet school implementing International Baccalaureate; Ochoa Elementary School implementing a new magnet, Reggio Emilio; and Safford Elementary and Magnet Middle School (K-8) that represents both a new magnet school and significant revision of an existing magnet.

Currently Safford Middle School has been a magnet and the elementary school on the same campus has not. This grant provides an opportunity to implement the new magnet program of International Baccalaureate that provides a K-8 articulated magnet program and can feed into the only IB High School in the area.

TUSD recently attained unitary status and now operates under a voluntary desegregation plan with the same goals. This grant would allow us to expand magnet offerings and support our efforts to reduce minority isolation. Goals include reducing and preventing minority group isolation; improving student achievement and building capacity to continue magnet programs at the end of the grant. Objectives address gaining an ethnic balance at sites affected, incorporating new teaching strategies, increased student achievement, increasing teacher knowledge and skills and increasing parent involvement. Services provided include professional development, family activities, development of marketing materials, student academic support, and frequent student progress monitoring. Anticipated outcomes include increased student achievement, reduction in minority isolations, development of a sustainable magnet program, implementation of new and supportive strategies by teachers, and satisfaction with program offerings.

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