U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) attended math classes at Beaumont Elementary School in Knoxville on Wednesday to see firsthand how Project GRAD is helping students in Knoxville schools. After observing the classes, Frist visited the schools library for a discussion with school and local officials.
Project GRAD is a comprehensive, cost-effective, non-profit school reform model that is currently underway in several districts across the country. The mission of the program is to ensure a quality public education for all children in economically disadvantaged communities to increase high school graduation rates and prepare graduates to succeed in college.
The goal of the program is to see at least 80 percent of students graduate from high school and 50 percent of these graduates enter college.