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New push for communities to support public schools

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 Like many parents, RaDonna Gaddis wants the best for her children.

“The school he was zoned for, I wasn't really happy with their performance and just things I had heard,” she said.

Last year, she had to choose where her son would go to middle school. She sold her house and moved her family into a school zone she felt was better.

“I just wanted to make sure I did everything I could make sure he was given any choices he wanted as far as his education was concerned,” Gaddis added.

She shared her story Thursday with other parents and educators as part of a panel to help improve public education.

Lakweshia Ewing is the Deputy Executive Director for UnifiEd. She's help organize the pact for public education which wants to help close the gap between schools and communities within Hamilton County.

“We talked about some trends we saw from data that's publicly available but data that hasn't been presented in this manner,” Ewing said.

LaFrederick Thirkill is the principal at Orchard Knob Elementary School. He's says it's good to look at data, but wants parents to know there is more behind the numbers.

“If you were described as a number, how would that make you appear? I mean, a number! A number that's not all inclusive, a number that's a one-time peek into your life at one vivid moment,” Thirkill added.

And help communities support the schools that teach our children.

Other community summit's for public education:

  • September 30 at 6:00 PM at Brainerd High School
  • October 14 at 6:00 PM at Red Bank High School
  • October 28 at 6:00 PM at Soddy Daisy High School
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