Degree Date


Document Type

Dissertation - Public Access

Degree Name

Ed.D. Doctor of Education

Academic Discipline

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Dr. Carla Sparks

Second Advisor

Dr. Lori Butler


Magnet schools have been a remedy districts, including the district under study, use to create voluntary integration within school districts under court-ordered desegregation. The purpose of this study was to determine how district leaders can support magnet programs in districts not receiving Magnet Schools Assistance Program grant funding and to identify the challenges new magnet programs face. The context of this study was a large school district transforming seven existing schools into new magnet programs. My study pointed to the importance of secured funding and the support of a wide range of district level leaders. My study highlighted the many challenges new magnet programs face when funding is not secured prior to initiation. I suggest the creation of a Magnet Advisory Team to participate in the planning of new programs, including committing to fiscal support for critical school-based positions and principal selection. Additionally, I recommend when these criteria cannot be met, districts postpone the introduction of new programs until such time that full support can be secured.