Metro to open six new magnet schools

Tuesday, September 28, 2010 at 6:21pm
Staff reports

Director of Schools Jesse Register’s plan for six new Metro magnet schools received a boost on Tuesday in the form of a $12 million federal grant.

The grant, which is part of the Department of Education’s Magnet School Assistance Program, was announced at Tuesday’s school board meeting. Funds are to come to MNPS over the next three years.

Register said last December he planned to pursue federal grant money to open six new magnet schools.

“These new magnet school programs draw on the strengths that already exist in our community and provide opportunities for our students to build skills for college and career,” Register said in a written statement.

New magnet programs, all theme-based instead of academic-based, are set to open during the 2011-2012 school year. They are:

• Churchwell Elementary School: a pre-K-4th-grade museum magnet school

• John Early Middle School: a 5th-8th grade museum magnet school

• Hattie Cotton Elementary School: a pre-K-4th-grade STEM school (science, technology, engineering and math)

• Bailey Middle School: 5th-8th-grade STEM school

• Stratford High School: STEM school 

• Pearl-Cohn High School: an entertainment industry and music business magnet

“Improving our education system is the best thing we can do to build a strong foundation for our economy,” said U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, who helped secure the funding. “Our local, state and federal leaders have made education reform a top priority, and we are seeing the benefits of that commitment. These funds will help propel Nashville’s schools to the forefront of our nation’s education system and prepare our children to thrive in a 21st century economy.”

6 Comments on this post:

By: richgoose on 9/28/10 at 10:21

Dr.Register called in the flim-flam committee. Brillant move by Dr.Register Now the few remaining parents who are even involved with their children's education can tell all of their friends that their child is in the magnet school program,

I was hoping that Dr.Register would create a magnet school program at Glencliff or Antioch that covered a rigid curriculum on "welfare and entitlements"

By: shinestx on 9/29/10 at 6:49

I thought Congressman Jim Stupor was against "earmarks". A rose by any other name... ?

Stupor is a fraud who revels in an undeserved fiscal "conservative" blue (lap) dog reputation.

By: courier37027 on 9/29/10 at 7:36

Taxpayers will get doubly popped on this one: federal tax dollars to renovate or rename these schools, and local property taxes to pay for maintenance, salaries, etc. That's okay though. This latest action probably went through some blue ribbon, gold medal, quick action, federal/state/Metro committee so, like richgoose said, people will be flim-flammed into feeling good. Yet taxpayers and students can expect same dismal results.

By: shey69 on 9/29/10 at 8:12

Such negativity in the commentary! If you don't think it will work then do something to help it work instead of shooting it down.

Isn't anybody pleased that someone is working toward change in our schools? Any improvement is improvement and I for one will accept the cost and do what I can to help this plan and our children be successful. Anyone with me?

By: courier37027 on 9/29/10 at 8:26

shey69, just keep cleaning your "Educating Children: The Most Important Thing a Community Does" bumper sticker. That will cure Metro students' dropout rate and poor grades.

By: laurelrest on 9/29/10 at 4:53

I can tell there are many commenters who know nothing of Nashville's public schools. I have three children who went through MNPS, both magnet and non-magnet and they got terrific educations and were well prepared for college. Magnet is not just a name. It is a change in school culture and creates a new set of goals and possibilities for each kid. And by the way, richgoose, your thinly-veiled racism is on full display for all your ignorant buddies to see in that "welfare" remark. You should be ashamed.