Hamilton County Public Schools: A New Approach
It’s time to ask ourselves: Are we properly investing in our community’s future?
Today, Hamilton County Schools have a $257 million backlog in deferred facility maintenance. How well can our children learn when our school buildings are in such poor condition? We rank 35th in the state in teacher pay. Each year we lose teachers to better paying opportunities in surrounding counties. Can our students really excel if we’re shuffling teachers in and out by the semester?
Unfortunately, the current administration’s lack of investment is showing in the results: Three out of four Hamilton County children don’t have access to early childhood education, 60% aren’t prepared to enter kindergarten, and only 43% of our 3rd graders are reading at grade level.
This has to change, and time is of the essence.
This is a complicated issue with no easy fixes. And while funding is required, it’s also only part of the solution. I’ll start by listening to the experts - our teachers, principals, and community education leaders. Instead of settling for the inequities in our system, I’ll support those who have dedicated their lives to preparing the next generation for citizenship, work, and leadership. I’m committed to better teacher pay, bringing our school buildings up to 21st century standards, and offering every Hamilton County student a rigorous learning environment.
For far too-long we’ve been kicking the can down the road and calling it public-school policy. I will end that practice. The future of our economy hangs in the balance if we don’t commit to educating the next generation of leadership. After all, we’re not only educating tomorrow’s workforce, we’re educating tomorrow’s electorate, and teaching our children how to be engaged citizens that actively contribute to our society and uphold the integrity of democracy.