If You Care About Education Then Karl Dean’s Run for Governor Should Be On Your Radar

The 2018 race for governor of Tennessee has been a thing for nearly two years. During this time, there has been no shortage of suitors whispering sweet nothings in the ears of potential voters – both Democrat and Republican. Currently, Tennessee sits solidly in the red, but if history is any indication, our next governor is certain to make our red eyes blue. We’ve heard … Continue reading If You Care About Education Then Karl Dean’s Run for Governor Should Be On Your Radar

Why is Tennessee’s Education Commish Blasting the Achievement School District?

Earlier this week we received reports of Commissioner Candice McQueen’s unhappiness with the Achievement School District, calling its results ’embarrassing’ and basically, a waste of money. Admittedly, anyone would be hard pressed to debate results coming out of the embattled state agency of last resort for perennially failing schools. A 15% success rate is nothing to write home about. Especially since the ASD is responsible … Continue reading Why is Tennessee’s Education Commish Blasting the Achievement School District?

Tennessee Ranks High in Outrageous Number of Children with Incarcerated Parent(s)

I know too many children with at least one incarcerated parent. And, unfortunately, Nashville schools are teeming with children living in situations with one or both parents in jail or prison. While MNPS has yet to capture the data identifying the number of children affected, I am told the issue is on the district’s radar. Until then, organizations like Free Hearts is determined to do something about … Continue reading Tennessee Ranks High in Outrageous Number of Children with Incarcerated Parent(s)

Marley Dias, the Epitome of #BlackGirlMagic

I simply cannot stop reading about this 12 year old wunderkind! Marley Dias is abiding by her own rules and, clearly, rule one is age is just a number. Way before the ripe old age of 12, Marley crashed the scene by expressing her thoughts about the number of children’s books focused solely on “white boys and dogs.” But if that wasn’t spectacular enough, she did something … Continue reading Marley Dias, the Epitome of #BlackGirlMagic

Licensure Issues As Teachers Move From State to State

This article published by Matt Barnum with The 74 spotlights an important issue I’m familiar with only through personal contacts. I’ve watched friends jump hurdles and even quit teaching because of certain states’ unfriendliness to other state’s teaching license. (I could bring up the Nashville to Atlanta pipeline again, but I won’t. Check out the post, though) So it begs the question, is it helpful or … Continue reading Licensure Issues As Teachers Move From State to State

Welcome to Tennessee, Where a Diploma Isn’t Really a Diploma For Too Many

UPDATE: Immediately after this post was first published, I was directed to an article by Chalkbeat’s Grace Tatter published “22 hours ago” offering evidence that clearly refutes the numbers originally reported by the State Department of Education relating to Tennessee’s diploma drama. Even as the number of students who didn’t meet the necessary requirements is not as large as we thought (just a few minutes ago), I maintain one student is … Continue reading Welcome to Tennessee, Where a Diploma Isn’t Really a Diploma For Too Many

“Your Role Is Not To Do His job” From National Urban Schools Leader To Nashville School Board 

Michael Casserly, Executive Director of The Council of the Great City Schools paid a Valentines Day visit to the Nashville School Board to establish an effective evaluation process by which to assess their one and only employee, director of schools Dr. Shawn Joseph. Jason Gonzales of The Tennessean, smartly captured Casserly’s most searing advice “If you start saying who he should hire or which programs he should adopt … the … Continue reading “Your Role Is Not To Do His job” From National Urban Schools Leader To Nashville School Board