Citizens ask commissioners for more school money

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CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Several citizens spoke to commissioners after the Hamilton County Commission meeting this morning, both for and against a proposed tax increase.

Franklin McCallie, left McCallie school in 1968 when his father refused to integrate the school, and then taught at Howard. He was one of the outspoken supporters in favor of the tax increase.

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“I think the majority of society, across our country, still shows less concern to the problems of minority schools. Those problems require a significant outlay of money to catch up the great potential of young people where the light has just not been turned on yet.”

Patrick Hampton, speaking as a parent, property owner, and vice president of Hamilton Flourishing, argued that we should be able to improve the schools without additional revenue.

“Here in Hamilton county you can actually look at data about pouring money into schools and how it has effected our schools. In some of our i-zone schools we poured 11 million more dollars into those schools and the results were minimal.”

The full county budget will be presented to the commission at a work session on June 4th, and at their regular meeting on June 5th.

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