U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige has announced 21 new grants totaling $36 million in federal support for magnet school programs that bring diverse groups of children together, offer public school choice, and create innovative educational programs for students.

The awards--the first of an expected 60 grants and $95 million to be awarded over the next several months--are going to school districts in 14 states. Distributed under the federal Magnet Schools Assistance Program, the


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