Magnet Schools of America (MSA) prepared a Request for Proposal on August 12, 2010to complete a Comprehensive Review of the Magnet Program System for the HoustonIndependent School District (HISD). A contract was awarded to Magnet Schools of America(MSA) on October 7, 2010. Notification of MSA’s successful bid occurred in early Septemberand discussions were held with the Assistant Superintendent for the Office of School Choice andMSA’s Executive Director regarding process, Phase I and Phase II requirements, reportingtimelines, and dates for document reviews, community forums, and Magnet school site visits. Aproject site manager and twelve MSA expert consultants in Magnet school education,administration, curriculum and instruction, evaluation, teaching and learning, budget, and highereducation were hired on contract by MSA to participate in the review. Each consultant was“vetted” and prepared by MSA prior to the onsite reviews and again once onsite. During theschool-site visits, de-briefing meetings occurred each evening by the project manager. This finalreport and its findings and recommendations, submitted on January 6, 2011 (original due dateDecember 17, 2010, but pushed ahead to provide for new and emerging data from HISD relatedto budgets, school configurations, and school building capacities) reflects Phase I(comprehensive document reviews) including the Peer Committee Report of 2006, and a reviewof the Public Vision of Magnet Programs (community forums and online survey). Therequirement for Phase II included a complete review of each Magnet school and site visit to 113Magnet school campuses. During Phase I and II, interim reports were submitted bi-weekly fromOctober 15, 2010, and posted on the HISD website.