I am a wannabe Francophone. I like to think that French is my language, but the truth is I’m bad it. If I were to immerse myself in the French culture for one year, even with three years of French under my belt, I would still be very bad it. Not this group of newcomers. STEM Preparatory Academy recently celebrated a group of fifth graders matriculating … Continue reading In Less Than A Year, STEM Prep Masterfully Flips The Script for English Learners
“I go on and on, can’t understand how I last so long, I must have superpowers.” – Too $hort At a recent principals meeting, Nashville’s director of schools Dr. Shawn Joseph played the above lyrics by rapper Too $hort. What came next exceeded all manner of ridiculous. School board member Jill Speering filed a civil rights complaint against the director – just a few … Continue reading #blowthewhistle
I don’t know where I’m going with this except that I want to thank those who go hard for children’s education. We’ve celebrated teachers and charter schools; moms deservedly had their day and dads will be honored in less than a month. Surely there’s enough space on the celebration calendar to honor the moms, dads, grandmas, paw paws, Aunt Darlenes, Uncle Alfreds, the Memphis Lifts … Continue reading Squeezing In Another End-of-School-Year Appreciation Week
I’ll be brief. Teacher Appreciation Week and Charter Schools Week take their final bow for 2018, but, as a nation, we have failed to properly honor teachers and charters. Teachers in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Arizona have hit the streets, leaving behind students and standards, to demand more pay. And, in recent months, charter schools have been accused of segregation. Yeah, that happened. Locally, … Continue reading Let’s Be Honest About Who Deserves Choice
Nashville is the picture of progress. It’s the city you want to live, play and work in. Music, hockey, football, soccer, art, restaurants, food trucks, old homes, new condos, great parks, hospitality. To outsiders, we have it all. But if you are moving to the area, the picture of progress abruptly shifts as a realtor paints another visual completely opposite of the one it plays … Continue reading A City’s Priorities Are Exposed And Education Is Not On The List
Dude. I’m already a woman of few words, but the state of Nashville today leaves me speechless. Acting mayor David Briley delivered his first State of Metro address this morning with a focus on unity and “tightening our belts and keeping our taxes low.” This speech comes in the wake of a string of unfortunate events fostering distrust and forcing Nashville residents into political and … Continue reading The City Proposes “Status Quo” Budget, But School District Will Take Huge Hit
Look, I don’t know what on earth is happening at 2601 Bransford Avenue (MNPS Central Office), but since we first heard from the director about the school district’s current budget and plans for the proposed budget, board-director relations and public opinion have been volatile, to say the least. After learning of the $7 million loss in state funding – discovered in February – our world … Continue reading Is Dr. Joseph Still the Guy to Get the Job Done?