After a Brutal 2016, Miranda Christy is On a Peace Waging Mission

Miranda Christy, a Nashville attorney, has previously appeared on Volume and Light sharing nuggets of wisdom after surviving a uniquely challenging school board election.  I asked my friend if she would again be so kind to contribute by offering a message of hope for the new year after a brutal 2016 and  a 2017 that has already waged war on the moral collective. Suffering. The … Continue reading After a Brutal 2016, Miranda Christy is On a Peace Waging Mission

Director of Schools Lays Down the Law and Welcome Mat for Nashville’s Children

Originally appeared on MNPS’ website Monday, January 30.  We have a diverse and wonderful group of students, families and employees at Metro Nashville Public Schools. We welcome anyone from any nation, culture, religion and ethnic background. President Trump’s executive orders on immigrants and refugees have had a real effect on the MNPS community. The President’s actions have understandably caused a tremendous amount of concern for … Continue reading Director of Schools Lays Down the Law and Welcome Mat for Nashville’s Children

Screw You, Imma Do Me Thanks for Writing. Sincerely, Lamar

Y’all remember when I made an appeal to the distinguished gentleman from the great state of Tennessee, Sen. Alexander? Here’s the very canned response: January 30, 2017   Ms. Alvesia Wilson-Hawkins Hermitage, TN 37076-1370 Dear Alvesia, Thanks very much for getting in touch with me and letting me know what’s on your mind regarding President Trump’s selection of Betsy DeVos to become the next Secretary of Education. … Continue reading Screw You, Imma Do Me Thanks for Writing. Sincerely, Lamar

Hey Black People, It’s Getting Real In These Streets –Are You Paying Attention?

This is specifically for black people. In the spirit of the great el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz (formerly Malcolm X) when speaking at length on white people’s interest in participating in the civil rights movement: “the black man has got to help himself.” America, the Bully Have you heard the saying “when America gets a cold, black America gets pneumonia?” Or MLK’s “Injustice anywhere is a threat … Continue reading Hey Black People, It’s Getting Real In These Streets –Are You Paying Attention?

Black Families Have a Long History of Using School Choice as Resistance to Racist and Inadequate School Systems

Originally appeared on Education Post January 25, 2017. Sharif El-Mekki, Philadelphia charter school principal and USDOE principal fellow, gives us a valuable black history lesson.  For Black families, school choice has always been intertwined with our self-determination, liberation and education. While forces always have tried to limit our options in America, we, in turn, have always resisted and pushed for the ability to create our … Continue reading Black Families Have a Long History of Using School Choice as Resistance to Racist and Inadequate School Systems

We MUST Keep Eye on State Accountability In Trump Era

An original version of this post appeared on New York School Talk as Beyond Staples: How Parents Benefit from School Accountability. By Laura Waters If you’re a parent like me, at the start of each school year you eagerly learn all about the course content your child will study, the enrichment opportunities available, the field trips your child will take and the school supplies your … Continue reading We MUST Keep Eye on State Accountability In Trump Era

Dear Senator Alexander—Don’t Get It Twisted…Sir

Originally posted on Facebook in response to Sen. Alexander’s Facebook post admonishing Democrats for opposing Betsy DeVos’ nomination to be the next Secretary of Education. Dear Sir, I (respectfully) resent the notion that only Democrats believe DeVos is unqualified. Some of us not married to partisan politics see clearly through the fluff you’ve paraded as qualifications. You should also know that while I’m traditionally suspicious … Continue reading Dear Senator Alexander—Don’t Get It Twisted…Sir