Support our community’s students:
Understand school funding. Take action to improve it.
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.
UnifiEd calls for the County Commission to approve a budget with 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…
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.
- • Get full details on the school system’s proposed 2017-18 budget, and UnifiEd’s take!
- • 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.
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.
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.
Find your commissioner & contact info
Key dates: The budget approval process
June 7: The mayor will propose a county budget to the commission that includes the school-board-approved schools budget and funds for school facilities sometime between June 1-8. The commission will then vote on the mayor’s proposed budget.
Late June: The county will vote on the mayor’s proposed budget sometime between June 8 and June 30. Contact your county commissioner BEFORE June 15 to help influence this final vote that will determine the funds available to our schools next year.