Best of 2016 in Nashville Education: #2 Nashville School Board 

2a – Sharon Gentry, Anna Shepherd, JoAnn Brannon, Jill Speering, Elissa Kim, Tyese Hunter, Will Pinkston, Mary Pierce, Amy Frogge – The Nashville School Board that voted unanimously to hire director of schools Dr. Shawn Joseph. After a failed attempt the year prior, the embattled school board retreated and returned unified and better than prepared to hire a director. So, in May 2016 an offer … Continue reading Best of 2016 in Nashville Education: #2 Nashville School Board 

Best of 2016 Nashville Education: #3 Nashville Rise

Under the umbrella of Project Renaissance, this organization seeks to “inform, empower, and engage” Nashville parents. This past summer the parents of Nashville Rise hosted a forum for all school board candidates which ultimately turned into a social media circus. Three of the school board candidates, also sitting board members, rallied against the forum and refused to participate. Despite the spite, the parent-organized/hosted forum was … Continue reading Best of 2016 Nashville Education: #3 Nashville Rise

Best of 2016 in Nashville Education: #4 Amy Frogge, School Board Member

This woman is a force. And flanked by a force, to boot! First, I must acknowledge my personal admiration for Amy. Our relationship started out as a working one and since my leaving Metro Schools, it continues as one of mutual respect (I think). Because while our platforms on education are as different as our race and sometimes as distant as her west of Nashville … Continue reading Best of 2016 in Nashville Education: #4 Amy Frogge, School Board Member

Best of 2016 in Nashville Education: #5 The Memphis Lift and Sarah A. Carpenter

Maybe this isn’t really a Nashville story, but it has some Music City flavor. In October, several Nashville parents accompanied Memphis parents to Cincinnati, OH protest the national NAACP’s ratification of the resolution to place a moratorium on charter schools throughout the United States. Though serving in an official capacity, I couldn’t avoid being drawn into the passion and determination of parents and grandparents fighting … Continue reading Best of 2016 in Nashville Education: #5 The Memphis Lift and Sarah A. Carpenter

Best of 2016 in Nashville Education: #6 Daniel O’Donnell

I’ve had the opportunity to meet with the Nashville director of Stand for Children on a couple of occasions. The bespectacled young man struck me as passionate, introverted, and wildly intelligent. So watching the Nashville Witch Trials play out for weeks with Daniel as the object was depressing and I’m still trying to find him so that I can give him a mama-hug. The opposition … Continue reading Best of 2016 in Nashville Education: #6 Daniel O’Donnell

Best of 2016 in Nashville Education: #7 Unions, Other Anti-Choice Proponents Sweep School Board Races

Most of the union-supported school board candidates, all of whom where incumbents, won their races to the recurring theme ‘pro-public schools, anti-privatization’. Furthermore, infusing fear of “dark money” while, in turn, hiring a private eye to stalk Stand for Children’s Daniel O’Donnell (even going into his dating profile!!!) proved to be the winning strategy. IT WAS UGLY. Our education community is still on the mend, … Continue reading Best of 2016 in Nashville Education: #7 Unions, Other Anti-Choice Proponents Sweep School Board Races