School Board Election 2018: Informing & Empowering Hamilton County Voters

To Hamilton County Board of Education candidates:

At the heart of our community organizing model at UnifiEd is the mission to empower Hamilton County community members to use their voice to drive change. In this election year, our goal is to provide the information and channels community members need to cast an informed vote for the school board candidate who shares their values and vision for excellence in our schools.

We invite you to share your vision with your constituents in two ways over the coming weeks.

1. Participate in the Vision for Excellence Candidate Debates. (You should already have received communication from debate co-host Chattanooga 2.0 to schedule a date.)
2. Complete a candidate questionnaire to share your position on the community’s priority education issues identified in the APEX Project and the Pact for Public Education.

We ask that you respond to the questionnaire by May 2 to ensure enough time to transcribe and post answers online in advance of the debates. Your responses will be published on the UnifiEd website and shared in advance of the debates to help community members prepare informed questions.

You will receive a printed copy of the recently published APEX report in the mail this week that outlines many of the issues referred to in the questionnaire with local impacts and data as well as best practice research.

 You can download a digital file of the report here >

How to complete the questionnaire

The questions are listed below for your consideration, and there are two ways to submit your responses.

Please don’t hesitate to contact our interim executive director, Natalie Cook, with any questions (natalie@unifi-ed.org or (423) 991-7790). We look forward to working with all candidates for school board to ensure our community has the information they need to cast an informed vote.

Questions (Please answer using the above Google survey link if possible)

 

1.  As a school board member, I commit to working together with the Hamilton County Department of Education (HCDE) to develop a plan to end socioeconomic and racial segregation.  

 

  • YES
  • NO

    If yes, how do you plan to accomplish goal. If no, why not?

 

2. As a school board member, I commit to actively partnering with community members to demand the end of socioeconomic and racial segregation in our schools.

 

  • YES
  • NO

    If yes, how do you plan to accomplish goal. If no, why not?

 

3. As a school board member, I commit to supporting better relationships and engagement by working together with the schools in my district to ensure students and teachers have a voice in issues that matter to them.

 

  • YES
  • NO

    If yes, how do you plan to accomplish goal. If no, why not?

 

4. As a school board member, I commit to working with central office to ensure teaching and student programs provide personalized support, especially to those with special needs and minority identities (like English-language learners and LGBTQ+ students).

 

  • YES
  • NO

    If yes, how do you plan to accomplish goal. If no, why not?

 

5. As a school board member, I commit to  working with school leadership to provide creative, accessible avenues for parents and community members to support schools and children.

 

  • YES
  • NO

    If yes, how do you plan to accomplish goal. If no, why not?

 

6. As a school board member, I commit to partnering with local organizations and businesses to support and provide resources in our schools.

 

  • YES
  • NO

    If yes, how do you plan to accomplish goal. If no, why not?

 

7. As a school board member, I commit to working with schools to ensure students’ mental and emotional health needs are supported.

 

  • YES
  • NO

    If yes, how do you plan to accomplish goal. If no, why not?

 

8. As a school board member, I commit to partnering with and supporting community organizations to ensure children can access mentoring, field trips, and early childhood education.

 

  • YES
  • NO

    If yes, how do you plan to accomplish goal. If no, why not?

 

9. As a school board member, I commit to prioritizing funds for capital expenses to make sure all school facilities are safe and healthy learning spaces, and ensuring there is a long-term plan to keep them that way.

 

  • YES
  • NO

    If yes, how do you plan to accomplish goal. If no, why not?

 

10. As a school board member, I commit to prioritizing funding to recruit, support, and keep the best teachers.

 

  • YES
  • NO

    If yes, how do you plan to accomplish goal. If no, why not?

 

11. As a school board member, I commit to ensuring all students have access to early childhood education programs so every child enters kindergarten ready to learn.

 

  • YES
  • NO

    If yes, how do you plan to accomplish goal. If no, why not?

 

12. As a school board member, I commit to working with community partners and HCDE to expand community schools throughout the county to provide holistic support to neighborhoods and communities.

 

  • YES
  • NO

    If yes, how do you plan to accomplish goal. If no, why not?

 

13. As a school board member, I commit to setting standards for our board and actively participating in a transparent self-assessment process.

 

  • YES
  • NO

    If yes, how do you plan to accomplish goal. If no, why not?

 

14. As a school board member, I commit to ensuring current school system funds are efficiently spent.

 

  • YES
  • NO

    If yes, how do you plan to accomplish goal. If no, why not?

 

15. As a school board member, I commit to working with HCDE to create a 5-year budget and strategic plan connecting money to improved student outcomes.

 

  • YES
  • NO

    If yes, how do you plan to accomplish goal. If no, why not?