Project GRAD Making a Difference in Students Lives

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KNOXVILLE, TN — Ronni Chandler, Project GRAD Executive Director,  stood before them with the report they had requested and with the push of a button presented a PowerPoint report that confirmed what over 1,000 people who showed up before the Knoxville School Board over a year ago in support of Project GRAD already knew, the program is making a difference in the lives of the students it serves.

In April of 2018, citizens of Knoxville filled the Board of Education meeting room, the hallways, and the lawn outside the building with over 1,000 people in protest of the school board proposal to cut the GRAD program. That meeting lasted over 7.5 hours. The program was saved, but funding was cut and metrics were set in place with a five year MOA put in place by the board with a requirement that GRAD appear before them yearly.

The metrics were not only met, GRAD blew them out of the water. The numbers presented to the board as part of their comprehensive report, were pulled from the school boards very own research tracking.

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