Hamilton County school board accepts report from book review committee

Staff Photo by Matt Hamilton / Supporters hold up photos as Taylor Lyons addresses the Hamilton County school board during a meeting Thursday, March 17, 2022.

The process of amending Hamilton County Board of Education policies on reading materials took another step forward Thursday night as Rhonda Thurman of Hixson, chair of a special book review committee, presented a report on her panel's work to the board.

Composed of two community representatives from each board district, the committee was asked to make recommendations for board policy changes related to the selection of school reading materials and the process for review when complaints about the content of reading materials are submitted. The committee has completed its job after three discussion-filled meetings.

Nearly a dozen people with varying views on school reading materials spoke at Thursday's meeting.

"I'm not saying it's wrong to have concerns about what your child is privy to or want transparency, because I don't know a single parent who doesn't care about what their children have access to," said Angela Favaloro, who served on the book review committee.