- Posted March 24, 2014 by
Politics and Education in Chattanooga, Tennessee
A movement is happening in Chattanooga, Tennessee. A group of magnet school parents from the Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts, a National Blue Ribbon School and one of the top magnet schools in the nation are advocating for a new building and protesting at the county courthouse against a decision facing final vote on Wednesday.
CSLA educates children in a school falling down around them. For 20+ years, this school, whose population is made of of every ethnicity, religion, and socioeconomic class in Hamilton County, all of whom camped out or underwent a multi-step application process followed by a lottery to get into the school, have been on waiting list after waiting list for new facilities, promised many things, only to have local politicians do what they do best- play politics, thus ignoring the needs of this school, the current students, and the 1000+ students waiting to be admitted.
CSLA is a PUBLIC school, receiving taxpayer dollars, but, being a school that serves students from every district of the county, rather than a single dedicated district, they lack enough representation on the political scene to make a difference.
Families plan to protest until the final vote on Wednesday morning, March 26. The hope is to persuade commisioners and school board members to reconsider and fulfill the long overdue promises to CSLA and build a new K-12 school, which would serve hundreds of additional students and alleviate overcrowding in other county schools.