For $50 million, county officials say taxpayers can afford to fix issues at five zoned neighborhood schools, or replace one magnet school.

A Hamilton County Schools lawsuit demanding nearly $12 million from the city of Chattanooga in unpaid liquor taxes won't be filed just yet, as the two sides have agreed to meet over the dispute.

With the Hamilton County Commission vote to approve Mayor Jim Coppinger's school building proposal looming Wednesday and a continuing stakeout of the County Courthouse by supporters of a local magnet school, at least one commissioner proposed a solution Monday that brought mixed reaction.

When Mayor Andy Berke took office last spring, his administration stopped making payments on a legally required tax to the county school system that the previous administration had started to pay.

The dispute between Hamilton County Schools and the city of Chattanooga over unpaid liquor taxes will now move to the court system.

Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts may top charts for student achievement, but it looks as if a new building for the campus is at best fifth on the county's priority list.

At the end of a mostly mundane meeting of the Hamilton County Parent Teacher Council recently, President Dwight Hunter read a question to the five members present in a nearly empty room.

Hamilton County Schools will look to spend an additional $750,000 next year to continue two programs, now that grant funding has lapsed.

They gathered to talk about school facilities — where new schools should be built and when.

A lawsuit filed in Davidson County Chancery Court alleges that Hamilton County Schools segregates intellectually disabled students from regular classrooms nearly twice as much as the national average.

Three years ago, Marcia Griffin went door to door in the inner city, meeting with dozens of parents to pitch her idea for a new charter school in Chattanooga. She quibbled with the Hamilton County Board of Education for approval and finally opened her elementary school in the Eastgate Town Center, between a call center and a nightclub.

Mike Evatt, chairman of the Hamilton County Board of Education, will not run for re-election, he announced Monday.

For Chattanooga mom Amy Clarke and her neighbors, the past three days have been one tricky juggling act.

It's not just about getting something new and shiny.

After years of begging, pleading and petitioning county and education officials, parents of students at Ganns Middle Valley Elementary and CSLA may be able to relax. Education leaders have agreed both aged schools need replacing -- when money is available.

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