Carnegie Prez Gregorian To Pay Tribute to Success of High Schools

Carnegie President Vartan Gregorian To Pay Tribute to
Success of High Schools

Hamilton County Schools Earn High Marks In ‘Schools
for a New Society’ Initiative

Business Wire
Thursday, February 3, 2005

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Academic improvement in Hamilton County public
high schools will be recognized and celebrated Thursday during a
day-long visit by Carnegie Corp. of New York President Vartan

Dr. Gregorian will be the featured speaker at a celebration at Red
Bank High School to document the improvement of Hamilton County high
schools following a mid-day speech to the downtown Rotary Club. The
event at Red Bank High, which features participation from area high
schools, begins at 3:30 p.m. As part of his visit on Thursday,
Dr. Gregorian will present a video on the “Schools for a New Society”
reform effort, which includes a segment on Hamilton County.

“Three years into the Schools for a New Society initiative, we are
seeing solid results and improvements in student achievement,
attendance, and attitude,” said Dr. Jesse Register, Hamilton County
Schools superintendent. “Hamilton County students know they will
receive personalized instruction and attention from educators and
others who believe in their future. We are proud of the chance to
showcase our achievements for the agency that gave us the financial
opportunity to see these things happen.”

The Hamilton County school system is one of only seven public school
systems nationwide chosen to participate in Schools for a New Society,
a high school reform program funded with an $8 million grant from the
Carnegie Corp. of New York. Awarded in 2001 for a five-year period,
the Carnegie grant funds innovative programs in 16 Hamilton County
high schools with the goal of raising academic achievement. The grant
was awarded to the Public Education Foundation on behalf of the
Hamilton County school system. The Public Education Foundation is
contributing $6 million in matching local funds.

Dr. Gregorian is beginning a tour of the seven school systems funded
by Schools for a New Society grants. Chattanooga was chosen as the
starting point for the tour because of the results the Hamilton County
schools have achieved through the grant, said Dan Challener, president
of the Public Education Foundation.

“Three years ago, Hamilton County competed against more than 20 other
school systems nationwide for these prestigious grants,” Challener
said. “We were chosen because of the broad-based input our reform plan
received from educators, students, parents, and business and community
leaders. Now, our community has demonstrated to the Carnegie Corp. why
we were a good choice. It is an honor for Chattanooga to be the site
of the first stop on Dr. Gregorian’s tour.”

President of the Carnegie Corp. of New York since 1997, Dr. Gregorian
also served as president of Brown University for eight years. He is a
noted historian, educator, author and humanitarian and has received
numerous honors and awards for his academic and philanthropic

Dr. Gregorian will be joined at the Red Bank High School celebration
by Dr. Register, Challener and Hamilton County Mayor Claude Ramsey.

Due to the wide diversity of Hamilton County’s high schools, each
school has developed its own unique blueprint for reform through the
Schools for a New Society program. Four basic goals have been

* Establishing a more challenging and engaging curriculum
* Improving teaching through more professional development
* Creating a more challenging and relevant curriculum
* Allowing more flexibility to meet student needs more effectively

The special needs of ninth-graders adjusting to high school are also
addressed, with each high school developing its own transition plan
for freshmen.

Through the Carnegie grant, most Hamilton County high schools now
include career academies. Examples include a construction academy at
East Ridge High, a health academy at Red Bank High, and an academy of
industry, technology and business systems at Brainerd High. All
academies combine college preparatory courses with a career theme.

Hamilton County Schools
Rich Bailey, 423-580-2479

Source: Hamilton County Schools