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Parental Options and Improvement

OII’s Office of Parental Options and Improvement (POI) oversees activities that support enhancement and alternatives in education including arts education, full-service community schools, magnet schools, promise neighborhoods, and public school choice. It also supports community organizations that work with schools and the community to meaningfully engage parents in their children’s education.

Our Programs:

Assistance for Arts Education Development and Dissemination Grants Program (AAEDD); formerly known as the Arts in Education Model Development and Dissemination (AEMDD)

arts1AEMDD funds go to school districts and non-profit arts organizations working in partnership with school districts in grades K-8. They should be used in public schools to improve the connection between arts integration and the other core academic subjects, to strengthen arts instruction, and to improve student achievement. This must be done by using approaches that have proven successful in doing this and enhancing, expanding, documenting, evaluating and disseminating them. Read More

Arts in Education National Program (AENP)

arts2This program supports national level high-quality arts education projects and programs for children and youth, with special emphasis on serving students from low-income families and students with disabilities. Read More


District of Columbia Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP)

po1The District of Columbia Opportunity Scholarship Program provides low-income parents residing in the District of Columbia (District) with expanded options for the education of their children. One grant was awarded on a competitive basis to establish a scholarship program to provide eligible students with expanded school choice options. These scholarships enable students to attend a participating nonpublic District elementary or secondary school of their choice. Read More

Full-Service Community Schools Program (FSCS)

po2FSCS awards consisted of nearly $6 million to 12 organizations in 10 states. The awards will help encourage a coordinated and integrated set of comprehensive academic, social, and health services that respond to the needs of its students, their families, and community members. Full-Service Community Schools provide comprehensive academic, social, and health services for students, students’ family members, and community members that will result in improved educational outcomes for children. Read More

Magnet Schools Assistance Program (MSAP)

po4The Magnet Schools Assistance program provides grants to eligible local educational agencies to establish and operate magnet schools that are operated under a court-ordered or federally approved voluntary desegregation plan. These grants assist in the desegregation of public schools by supporting the elimination, reduction, and prevention of minority group isolation in elementary and secondary schools with substantial numbers of minority group students. In order to meet the statutory purposes of the program, projects also must support the development and implementation of magnet schools that assist in the achievement of systemic reforms and provide all students with the opportunity to meet challenging academic content and student academic achievement standards. Read More

Professional Development for Arts Educators (PDAE)

arts3PDAE funds go to school districts for grades K-12 in high poverty schools. They are to be used for the professional development of educators teaching music, dance, drama, media arts, or visual arts. The professional development should be about improving arts instruction or integrating the arts into other core subjects. Professional development models used are expected to be of high quality and are required to be implemented in schools that have a poverty rate of at least 50%. Read More

Promise Neighborhoods (PN)

po3Promise Neighborhoods, established under the legislative authority of the Fund for the Improvement of Education Program (FIE), provides funding to support eligible entities, including nonprofit organizations, which may include faith-based nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, and Indian tribes. Read More

Statewide Family Engagement Centers Program

po3The purpose of the SFEC program is to provide financial support to organizations that provide technical assistance and training to State educational agencies (SEAs) and local educational agencies (LEAs) in the implementation and enhancement of systemic and effective family engagement policies, programs, and activities that lead to improvements in student development and academic achievement. Read More