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Historical Perspectives on Hamilton County Public Schools

  • Chattanooga WorkSpace 302 W 6th Street Chattanooga, TN USA (map)

How did public schools in Hamilton County get where they are today? The system that educates 45,000 children in our community is the product of decades of social and legal influences and decisions by policy makers. It's vital to understand where we've been and where we are today in order to shape a brighter tomorrow.

A few topics covered:

  • Brown v. Board of Education comes to Hamilton County
  • Key lawsuits around desegregating local schools
  • Removal of the desegregation ordinance
  • White flight and protests
  • Merger between city and county school systems
  • Current state of school zoning, classroom discipline, graduation rates, course offerings, and more
  • What's working around the nation
  • What's next for our community and schools?

Join us to discuss, learn, grow, share, and organize to affect grassroots change for public education in our community!

Goals of this workshop:

  • Build relationships with other community members and UnifiEd staff
  • Gain a shared language and terminology for discussing public education
  • Learn about the history and politics of education policy and funding, with a particular focus on a perspective of equity in our schools
  • Develop skills for personal and professional growth in service to the community
  • Grow capacity for critical empathy essential for sustained political engagement
  • Provide an opportunity for story sharing and collective visioning with Hamilton County community members
  • Build power to make change!

Note: We strongly recommend completing the Equity Workshop before attending the Historical Perspectives Workshop to get the most out of this session!

Snacks provided.  

About the series:


These classes are offered in partnership with UnifiEd as part of their Building Power for Change series. You can help build our community’s power to make change! UnifiEd is here to support you to affect the change you want to see in public education, and our trainings and workshops give you the skills and tools to organize within your network and neighborhood. The series is named “Building Power for Change” because you’ll gain leadership skills to help our community hold elected officials accountable to ensure a brilliant future for every student. Through these workshops, you’ll have the opportunity to build relationships with a diverse group of community members and unite toward a shared vision for excellence in public education.

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