Our public schools must be adequately funded to ensure our children receive the high quality education they deserve. To this end, the funding methods for our county’s schools, including property and sales tax revenue and Tennessee’s Basic Education Program (BEP) funding formula, must be updated.
We oppose “school choice” policies, which divert funding from our public schools, and support policies that ensure funding keeps pace with development and construction in our county.
Our county’s teachers deserve a competitive living wage that allows them to live in our county.
Education programs should meet the needs of every student with inclusive curriculums that reflect a full and responsible perspective of shared local heritage. Teacher and support staff diversity and adequate funding for special education, Advance Placement (AP) courses, and technology for low-income households should be prioritized.
Restoring Responsible & Inclusive Growth
Development and growth must be undertaken in a fiscally and environmentally friendly way. Continued development in our county brings opportunity but also increased strain on public services such as education, utilities, and first responders. Developers can and must pay their fair share in taxes and impact fees to pay for the increased strain on our infrastructure.
Voting accessibility should be increased to make secure voting easier, allowing for smoother voter registration and voting rights restoration.
Environmentally-friendly and sustainable policies should be reflected in all county initiatives.
Achieving Universal, Affordable, Quality Health Care
High-quality, affordable healthcare should be accessible to all county residents, regardless of pre-existing conditions or economic status. Medicaid expansion should be adopted to ensure healthcare coverage for all residents.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, our state and local leaders should adopt and enforce CDC guidance to ensure the health and safety of its residents and workers.