Chattanooga Free Press
Hill better of two choices
As a business owner and parent of two children in public schools, Jenny Hill is the ideal candidate to take over the District 6 seat being vacated by longtime educator and two-term board member Joe Galloway. We endorse her in that bid.
Seeking election in a district populated by haves and have nots, she says the school board must make it a priority that all students have the opportunity to have an excellent education and that all students leave with something more than a high school education. In other words, not every child will go on to college, but all should graduate better prepared for the future.
Hill calls for a multi-year strategic plan for the district with input from the county mayor, commissioners, school board members and the community so "we're all working from the same playbook." That plan, she says, would have measurable goals. "Otherwise, we don't hold expectations high enough. We don't want high-fives for [scores in the] 70s."
She also believes a district-wide facilities audit from an outside voice is necessary, multi-year budgeting should be implemented, and communication between the school board and commission should be ramped up.
"I think we need to take a long view of where we need to be," Hill, 39, says.
Her opponent, Michael Henry, 28, has had a variety of educational and professional experiences — including time as a teaching assistant in several struggling schools — and believes that combination is right for the board. He says his background in business analytics and marketing strategies might assist the board in how to use schools, how to maximize their energy use and how they might work with other organizations in the community.
We prefer Hill, and trust that if she is elected she will both advocate for the haves and have-not schools and, through her business acumen, keep a wary eye on reality and the taxpaying public.
Jenny Hill is the clear choice
This race is a no-brainer. Vote for Jenny Hill. She is far and away the best candidate, and it's too bad we can't clone her.
As a chairman of Metropolitan Ministries, the 39-year-old mother of two and a co-owner of a small business sees that even in Chattanooga's innovative community, some students are left out.
"We have a disdainful approach, as a community, of public education," she says. "We have haves and have-nots. Students at Lookout Valley are likely not to have [advanced placement] classes and very few electives. At Brown Academy, students come in with a deficit of vocabulary words. Those children need different support. Every student matters. It should not matter where they live or what their parents' income is. Strong schools make strong communities."
Hill wants to see a county with a multi-year strategic schools plan working from same playbook, with measurable goals and using a systemwide facilities audit.
We need a way to track what our kids do after graduation, rather than gauging graduation rates and ACT scores. Six years later, what happens to graduates from CSAS and other schools will help us really know what works, she says. "We need to take our hearts out of it and put our heads in it."
Her opponent, 28-year-old Michael Henry, is a data analyst, digital marketing specialist and classically trained singer who just started his own business after brief stints of employment and volunteer efforts.
Jenny Hill's real-life experience should get your vote.
Hamilton County Education Association - Fund for Children & Public Education
HCEA has announced they will formally recommend Jenny as the best candidate for School Board District 6 and support her campaign.
"Jenny brings an on-point outlook as a parent of children in public schools and a strong vision to elevate education for all students."