UnifiEd Launches Hamilton County Public School Guide

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

UnifiEd, a local grassroots public education advocacy organization, has launched an online Public School Guide detailing information about all public schools in Hamilton County. The Public School Guide is described as "the first user friendly, accessible database that compiles information about a school’s student body makeup, academic achievement, class offerings, and contact information for local representatives and principals in Hamilton County.

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“UnifiEd is really excited to provide parents, students, teachers, and the community with a one stop shop for information concerning Hamilton County schools,” said UnifiEd’s Executive Director, Jonas Barriere. “The Public School Guide details test scores, spending, student background, leadership, and many other details of the school,” he added “Our intent is to provide an easy-to-understand guide to all Hamilton County public schools.”

 

The Public School Guide gives users the ability to compare their schools with other districts of similar size including Davidson County, Shelby County, Knox County, and Tennessee as a whole.


Jamie Gaines, a CSLA parent said, “The Public School Guide helps me better understand what services and classes our schools have to offer our students including pre-k, AP classes, and exceptional education capabilities. This guide helps me better understand the unique challenges facing our community and empowers me with the tools I need to ask the right questions of the right people.”


UnifiEd has plans to expand the Public School Guide in the future based on community feedback.  


“As a teacher, the Public School Guide helps me identify the strengths and areas of growth for my school. It will help me set goals for myself and my class as a whole,” said Jessica Dean, a third grade teacher at Battle Academy.


UnifiEd hopes that this data will spur much needed conversations about how to ensure a great teacher in every classroom, achieve equal opportunity for all students, highlight transparency and accountability, and prioritize funding for our schools, it was stated.


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