Teachers’ Union is the Real MVP at School Board Meeting

The Metropolitan Nashville Board of Education is making big statements on behalf of the local teachers’ union these days. At Tuesday night’s business meeting, the group of nine voted unanimously on several key items, chief among them are establishment of collaborative conferencing and resolution to oppose use of TCAP in 2016-17 teacher evaluations. Collaborative Conferencing For decades, MNPS staff and teacher union reps battled it out in … Continue reading Teachers’ Union is the Real MVP at School Board Meeting

Counseling Session: Betsy with the Good Heir (Trying to Make Lemonade)

I cannot tell a lie. The news of President-elect Trump’s nomination of billionaire Betsy DeVos as the next secretary of education gives me pause. Grave pause. I mean, come on, her story begins filthy rich and then she marries stinking rich — with not a hint of public schooling in sight. Trust issue duly justified. It’s not that Billionaire Betsy went to parochial school, married Amway heir Dick DeVos, Jr., sent … Continue reading Counseling Session: Betsy with the Good Heir (Trying to Make Lemonade)

Breaking from Tradition with Reverse Thanksgiving List 

On this day, tradition suggests we acknowledge and list our blessings which is not a bad idea after the series of unfortunate events that make up 2016. And while I’m grateful for my bounty–my family and friends, America’s pain is too present to sidestep.  So, I’ve decided to break from tradition and list really selfish wants, sort of a reverse Thanksgiving list.  I want every … Continue reading Breaking from Tradition with Reverse Thanksgiving List 

Children Killed in #ChattanoogaBusCrash Identified 

Rest In Peace… D’Myunn Brown, 6 Zyanna Harris, 10 Cordayja Jones, 9 Z’yara Mateen , 6 Zoie Nash, 9 Keontae Wilson, 8 (passed away November 23) For more information about the babies, click here.  To help families impacted by the crash, donate here. Emotional video message from CEO of bus company Durham School Services  picture from FOX17  Continue reading Children Killed in #ChattanoogaBusCrash Identified 

Dear Nashville School Board: A Moratorium on Charters is Unnecessary and Harmful to Families

The election. The cast of characters tapped to lead our nation. The soul-crushing tragedy in Chattanooga.   There is no shortage of bad things to distract us from the business at hand, but I’d like to take this opportunity to guide us back to our reality within Nashville’s education landscape.  Our school board will be considering a resolution to place a moratorium on Nashville charter … Continue reading Dear Nashville School Board: A Moratorium on Charters is Unnecessary and Harmful to Families