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Fort Worth ISD Named a Magna Award Winner by National School Boards Association

Fort Worth, Texas - The National School Boards Association (NSBA) recently notified Fort Worth ISD that it has been named a 2019 Magna Award winner for its Equity and Excellence initiative. The Magna Awards, sponsored by NSBA, honor school board best practices and innovative programs that advance student learning. The Magna Awards program has a long history of recognizing school district innovation and creativity in helping increase student achievement.

The District is a winner in the over-20,000 student enrollment category. The 2019 awards program theme is equity in education. This year’s judges looked for programs that: 

  • Remove barriers to achievement for vulnerable or underserved children, based on race, ethnicity, gender, special needs, geography, or socioeconomic status
  • Support their school board’s equity mission and vision for the district
  • Exhibit success over time
  • Has longevity and sustainability  
  • Can be replicated by other school districts with similar conditions and resources.


The District’s robust award entry highlighted its Equity and Excellence initiative. This initiative includes the work of the Division of Equity & Excellence; the Board of Education’s Racial Equity Committee; programs such as My Brother’s Keeper; the launch of Leadership Academies; Racial Equity Summit; “Critical Conversations: Connecting with Our Community” town hall meeting; and much more. The entry demonstrated the board’s commitment to achieving goals outlined in its racial equity policy. 

The District will accept the award as part of the annual NSBA Conference in Philadelphia in March. The April issue of American School Board Journal will feature all winning districts.

The Fort Worth ISD Board of Education is comprised of nine trustees who each represent a single-member district. The group has a combined 126 years’ experience as school board members.     


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