Launched in 2007, the Model Schools Network (MSN) Program is a USAID-funded initiative that aims to build institutional capacity in the Palestinian school system. The MSN Program is focused on developing a school improvement network that will serve as a model for basic education in Palestine. In its initial phase, the program supported 17 private schools in the West Bank. A second phase, begun in the fall 2009, includes an additional 40 public schools. The second phase, which is expected to end in September 2012, also provides local student scholarships and a range of in-service teacher training initiatives for 12 private schools in Gaza.