WASHINGTON—U.S. Senators Bill Frist (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) on Wednesday announced more than $6 million over three years for Hamilton County through the Magnet School Assistance Program of the U.S. Department of Education.
“I congratulate the teachers, principals and administrators of Hamilton County for offering such a unique and challenging curriculum to their students,” said Frist. “I have no doubt that this funding will help enhance the educational experiences of Hamilton County students. Grants like these reflect President Bush's continued commitment to making a strong investment in education.”
“I applaud the Department of Education for giving parents and students choices in education,” said Alexander. “I am proud that Hamilton County will have three new magnet schools with specialized programs to enhance learning for Tennessee children.”
Officials said the Magnet Schools Assistance Program "will support the restructuring of three low-performing, minority group isolated high schools into magnet schools featuring career academies that will be capable of attracting more diverse student bodies." The schools are Brainerd High School, Howard High School and Tyner High School.
These three high schools will be restructured into smaller learning communities to better meet the educational needs of its students, it was stated.
Each of the high schools that are part of this project will be divided into several academies:
Brainerd High School will implement two academies: ACE (Arts, Communications and Education) and ITBS (Industry, Technology, and Business Systems).
Howard High School will implement three academies: Multimedia and Communications, Architectural Design and Construction, and Social Services.
Tyner High School will implement three academies: Information Systems, Science, and Pre-engineering.
In the first year, the funding will total nearly $2 million and serve more than 2,500 students.