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Newport Schools Win Award for Educational Equity

Newport Independent Schools was named first place winner of the Magna Award, sponsored by the National School Boards Association's flagship magazine, American School Board Journal.

Newport was honored among school districts with fewer than 5,000 students.

The Magna Awards honor districts across the country for programs that break down barriers for under-served students, a news release said. A panel of school board members, administrators, and other educators selected the winners from 200 submissions.

“It takes commitment to start an equity program and fortitude to sustain it,” Thomas J. Gentzel, National School Boards Association Executive Director & CEO, said in a statement. “I congratulate the 2019 Magna Award winning districts for performing the hard and sometimes unpopular work to ensure all of their students are supported and provided with the tools and opportunities needed to succeed.”

Newport Board of Education Chairwoman Ramona Malone said she is especially proud that the district received The Magna Award because it recognizes efforts to ensure that all students are being properly served.

"I have long said that our primary responsibility as a school district is to provide our students with the opportunities they need to succeed, not just while in school but later in life as well," Chairwoman Malone said. "Winning this award is evidence of the hard work and commitment by the Newport Schools community to engage all of our students and provide them with the opportunities and tools they need."

-Staff report