Let's talk about education.

With a traumatic school year of shocks behind, a widespread and transformative community initiative at hand and a host of school board elections looming ahead, along with a search for the next school superintendent, there's a lot to talk about.

On Thursday, WRCB and the Chattanooga Times Free Press will host a televised discussion about the Hamilton County school system called "State of Education: A Town Hall Meeting," in which local educators and officials will speak about the challenges and realities facing the system.

The hourlong event will start at 7 p.m. at the WRCB studios and will be broadcast live, free of commercial interruption. Some seats will be set aside for the public but reservations are required.

Dr. Jared Bigham, the coordinator of community initiative Chattanooga 2.0, said he is glad so many stakeholders have expressed interest in dealing with the school system because it affects everyone.

"It doesn't matter if you have a child in a public school or a charter school or a private school," Bigham said. "It doesn't matter if you have no children in school, period. If you're a business owner, if you're in the faith-based community, the entire community is impacted by education."

The program will be structured as a series of panel discussions in five segments framed around issues essential to the conversation.

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