published Friday, March 12th, 2010

Chattanooga: Howard alumni speak out in support of alma mater


by Kelli Gauthier
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    Judge Walter Williams, a Howard Graduate speaks at a press conference Friday at Howard School responding to pressures from the State of Tenn., to make improvements.

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A group of prominent Howard alumni gathered at the school today in support of the administration, faculty and students.

Howard School of Academics and Technology has been targeted by the state for inclusion in a state-run “Achievement School District” and is subject to extensive state involvement.

Those present said the news came at a time when students are preparing to take state standardized tests, and that they now are “demoralized.”

“Now is not the time to pull the rug out from under them,” said Walter Williams, a member of the group. “The state should be supporting us.”

The group of about 20 Howard alumni said they will hold an assembly on Monday to encourage the students.

For more information, see tomorrow’s Times Free Press

about Kelli Gauthier...

Kelli Gauthier covers K-12 education in Hamilton County for the Times Free Press. She started at the paper as an intern in 2006, crisscrossing the region writing feature stories from Pikeville, Tenn., to Lafayette, Ga. She also covered crime and courts before taking over the education beat in 2007. A native of Frederick, Md., Kelli came south to attend Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in print journalism. Before newspapers, ...

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