Take action for our students:
Tell your commissioner to prioritize school funding!

 

We love Hamilton County schools! We love the students who are the future of our community, and we love the hard work teachers put in every day in our classrooms. Truly loving something, though, means supporting it to be the best it can possibly be.

Our actions as a community haven’t demonstrated our love of our schools because we haven’t insisted that they have all the resources they need to help students excel. We haven’t held our elected officials accountable to the value of prioritizing children’s futures by providing necessary funds to give every child in Hamilton County equitable opportunity at a great education.

Many necessary programs, teaching positions, facilities, and technology remain under- or unfunded. To show our love for Hamilton County schools, we must show our county’s elected officials what really matters to us.

While we’re disappointed that County Mayor Jim Coppinger’s proposed county budget does not include an increase in county spending for our schools, the final budget decision rests with County Commission. 

UnifiEd calls for the County Commission to revise the mayor’s proposed budget to include increased operating funds for our schools and to provide a multi-year capital expansion and maintenance plan.

We also call on the community to raise their voice to their Commissioner to say you support increased funding! Here’s how…

Take action!

Sign up for updates on the progress of the school budgeting process and get tools to take action at key points throughout this campaign.

How to share your voice: Your guide to support school funding

1. Understand the budget and what the school system has requested.

  • • Watch these videos for more on funding sources, how your educational dollar is spent, how the school system would spend increased funds, and the $230 million backlog of maintenance in schools.

How to share your voice: Your guide to support school funding

1. Understand the budget and what the school system has requested.

  • • Watch these videos for more on funding sources, how your educational dollar is spent, how the school system would spend increased funds, and the $230 million backlog of maintenance in schools.
About the schools' $230 million maintenance backlog:
About funding sources & the budget request:

2. Contact your elected officials. Here are tools to make it easy.

 

Send a letter

Flood their mailboxes! Write a letter to your commissioner, or go here to download and print a letter. Just sign your name and mail it, or add a personalized note telling them why school funding matters to you. 

Make a call

Go here for instructions and suggested phone script if you’d like help knowing what to say when calling your commissioner.

Send an email

Flood their inboxes! Send an email to your commissioner. Go here to get suggested text to copy and paste into an email. Just click send, or customize the text to explain why school funding is important to you.

Show up

Be at the budget vote to show your support for increased school funding! Come rally with us! Weds., June 21,9:00 a.m. at the Hamilton County Courthouse. Get details >

Key dates: The budget approval process

June 21: The county commission is scheduled to vote on a final county budget on June 21. Contact your county commissioner BEFORE June 15 to help influence this final vote that will determine the funds available to our schools next year.

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