Alexander, Frist Announce $8.7 Million For Madison County Magnet Schools

Posted on August 4, 2004

WASHINGTON--U.S. Senators Bill Frist (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today announced more than $8.7 million for Madison County over three years through the Magnet School Assistance Program of the U.S. Department of Education. "I congratulate the teachers, principals and administrators of Madison 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 Madison 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 Madison County will have five new magnet schools with specialized programs to enhance learning for Tennessee children." The grant will fund five magnet schools in the Jackson-Madison County Consolidated School System: Alexander Elementary School will be a "Microsociety Magnet" school which allows students to create a miniature society in the school; adapts instruction to real world experience; incorporates democratic ideals and entrepreneurship; and helps children to develop positive attitudes toward learning, school, themselves and their community. Arlington International Leadership School will focus on local, state, national and international history, geography, citizenship and leadership studies. Students will study these subjects through Integrated Thematic Instruction and Core Knowledge, following the Jackson-Madison County School District's social studies curriculum in civics, economics, geography and history. Jackson Intermediate Career Exploration Technology Magnet School will integrate technology with career exploration in science, medicine, engineering, and communications through thematic instruction and problem-based learning. Isaac Lane Career Exploration Technology Magnet will focus on four career areas with a high degree of sophisticated technology and an emphasis on communication skills. The subjects covered will be science, health, engineering and communications. Each of these themes will have sub-units that relate to prime career opportunities in Jackson-Madison County. North Parkway Elementary will be a "Multiple Intelligences Talent Development School" founded on a belief in Effort-Based Education and Multiple Talents and the Intelligence of all children. Students will have the opportunity to explore their individual intelligences through linguistic, logical-mathematical, musical, naturalistic, spatial, bodily kinesthetic, interpersonal, intrapersonal and naturalist activities. This will allow the school to teach to the whole child while offering each one an opportunity to be exposed to various art forms such as string instruments, drama, keyboard, drums, etc. In the first year, the funding will total nearly $2.9 million and serve close to 2,400 students.