UnifiEd is breaking new ground in community driven efforts to transform public participation in the Hamilton County school board meetings! For the last 8 months, we have worked to build a strong community coalition for increased transparency and accountability in Hamilton County public schools. Last night the school board heard our call and voted unanimously to change the public comment policy in favor of greater public participation in school board meetings.
The new policy allows the public to address the board by signing up to speak at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the meeting. Community members will still be allowed to sign up 3 days prior, but it will no longer be a requirement. This is a huge success towards greater transparency and accountability within the Department of Education giving parents, students, and teachers easier access to elected officials and increased participation in the decision making process concerning public education.
In response to the passing of the new policy, UnifiEd hosted a rally in support of a revised public comment policy. The rally was a way for the community to actively participate in making Hamilton County the best school system it can be and to thank the HCDE members for making public participation a priority. Thank you to everyone who came out in support of making Hamilton County public schools a top priority in the community!
We are excited about the progress towards a more transparent and accountable school board and would love for you to join us for the next school board meeting on September 24 at 5:30 PM. Sign up HERE for more information about upcoming events to address the need and opportunity for change in Hamilton County public schools.