Obama Mentions Dr. Jesse Register In Speech On Thursday

Friday, January 31, 2014 - by John Shearer

Are you wondering what has become of former Hamilton County Schools’ superintendent Dr. Jesse Register?

He is apparently doing just fine, according to none other than President Barack Obama.

The president mentioned Dr. Register by name during his speech at McGavock High School Thursday afternoon, citing the former Chattanoogan’s efforts to expand pre-kindergarten programs as the current Nashville Metro Schools director.

President Obama applauded Dr. Register’s proposal to fund by 2018 pre-kindergarten classes for all four-year-olds whose parents want the option. According to news reports, the Nashville expansion plan would kick off this fall with classes for 500 new students. 

Dr. Register has been the director of the metro Nashville schools – the nation’s 41st biggest school district – since 2009. Among the schools within his district is McGavock High, which was pinpointed by the president and his staff to visit because of its recent improvements in student achievement.

Dr. Register became superintendent of the Hamilton County Schools in 1997 after the merger of the county and city school systems, and served until his retirement in 2006.


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