Alexander, Frist Announce $1.5 Million For Hamilton County Schools

Posted on October 1, 2003

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bill Frist (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today announced that three Hamilton County Schools in Chattanooga will receive $1.5 million from the U.S. Department of Education to promote academic achievement and education excellence. The schools benefiting from the funding include Brainerd, Central and Red Bank High Schools. "I applaud Chattanooga for taking advantage of one of the many funding resources made available through No Child Left Behind," said Frist. "This funding will help three of Chattanooga's largest urban high schools to personalize learning through programs that focus on improved instruction, professional development and community involvement. This program will create smaller, more personal education structures to ensure that each and every student feels part of the school community." "This funding will go a long way to encourage community and parental involvement, which will mean better schools and better prepared students," said Alexander. "I look forward to seeing the progress these schools make after putting these dollars to work." The funding was awarded to Hamilton County Superintendent Dr. Jesse Register based on a proposal from Brainerd, Central and Red Bank High Schools. The proposal sought funding to support implementing career training programs, improving instruction, and increasing community and parental participation in education improvements. The grant was provided under the Smaller Learning Communities Program, which allocates funding to large public high schools for the planning, implementation or expansion of small, safe and successful learning environments. Both Frist and Alexander are members of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, which has jurisdiction over education legislation.