Tennessee Parents & Taxpayers Deserve Answers: Rhonda Thurman

Photo: Hamilton County School Board member Rhonda Thurman

Image Credit: Hamilton County Schools

Published April 13, 2021

Recently, principals in Hamilton county schools were informed they must prepare to take an influx of migrant children into classrooms from Joe Biden’s border crisis. As of yet, few officials have offered comment on the impact for Tennessee children, parents or taxpayers.

Hamilton County School Board member Rhonda Thurman issued this statement:

During last night’s Board meeting, I asked questions and was told I needed to be more “sensitive”. 

More sensitive? I do not go to Board meetings to be “sensitive”. I go to be real and ask questions about issues that will affect the taxpayers and students of Hamilton County. 

I asked why Tennessee could not refuse housing migrant children as they have done in other states. I also asked if the Mayors were not aware – the Superintendent was not aware and the school board was not aware.

Who signed off on this? How many migrant children will be coming? What is the capacity of Temple’s old dorms? Will students be attending HC Schools, many of which are already overcrowded? 

Will they take the end of the year achievement tests if they do? How long will they be here? Will HCDE be responsible for transportation? 

To me, these questions are just some of the questions we, as elected officials, should be asking. I do not see anything insensitive about them. 

Last night we were told Dr. Drake was to meet with the director of the Baptiste Group. Hopefully, this afternoon we will have a more clear picture of the plans for these migrant children. 

I, in no way, meant for my questions to be ” biased, discriminatory or prejudiced.” I was also told we have a “moral obligation to take care of children regardless of race or ethnicity”.

I do not know what race had to do with any of my questions.

My moral obligation as a Board member is to make sure Hamilton County children are being educated in the most effective way possible with the money provided by taxpayers. 

For that, I will not apologize.

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3 thoughts on “Tennessee Parents & Taxpayers Deserve Answers: Rhonda Thurman

  • April 13, 2021 at 5:34 pm

    I thought the governor Lee promised that Tennessee would have no sanctuary cities. This is apparently what is happening. I guess it’s another reason to promote homeschooling.

  • April 13, 2021 at 8:24 pm

    When will the people strike back and say no way. This is our country and we need to make sure that many Aliens don’t come into our country and demand we give them everything we don’t. Come on people stand up for your rights and do the right thing. Don’t listen to the dumocraps and give in.

  • April 14, 2021 at 12:49 am

    Joe Biden Created This Big Mess. Guess Who Will End Having To Pay For His Mess….That’s Right YOu, Me….


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