This is what happens when politics outranks people. A resolution introduced by board member Mary Pierce enforcing the board’s role in advocating for every student (and family) failed in dramatic form this week. The breakdown of the vote on the measure to support ALL families was, unfortunately, not surprising — 4 voting yes, 3 abstaining, 1 refused to vote and 1 absent. But what shocks the … Continue reading 10,000+ Nashville Charter School Families Get Official Eviction Notice
Y’all, I’ve been stuck in The Sunken Place. But with Fourth of July rapidly approaching, I’m taking the opportunity to climb out. “Get Out” movie director Jordan Peele created a not-so-mythical mental condition called The Sunken Place, a weird space between being “woke” and physical incapacitation. Knowing better, but for one reason or another, unable to do better. Some may simply call this being Black … Continue reading I’m Declaring My Own Independence From All the Noise. It’s Time to Focus on the Kids.
During the most recent Tennessee legislative session, the subject of vouchers was indeed the star of the show. While the existence and proliferation of charter schools is a hot topic around here, the discourse on using public dollars for private schools (vouchers) is transitioning from slow burn to a full-blown fire. Even though several bills were introduced during the 2017 session, only one passed, but … Continue reading “We Believe Black People Must Seek That Education By Any Means Necessary.”
If they can’t come to us, we will go to them! This is the fuel behind The Passage, a mobile bus service started by two teachers in Chattanooga, TN. I’m not familiar with the transportation system in Chattanooga, but Nashville’s transit very often poses as a barrier for lower-income families to access greatly needed community resources. In some of Nashville’s under-resourced areas, residents may benefit … Continue reading Need Some Edu-Inspiration? Look No Further Than Chattanooga
Nashville showed up and showed out for the Predators as the 16th seed blazing an icy trail to the western conference and sliding to the Big Dance against the 2016 champs Pittsburgh Penguins. There is a multitude of stories from this amazing journey to the Stanley Cup, but none more inspiring than the Stanley Cup-produced local hometown hero – #CatfishGuy. Jake Waddell courageously entered hostile … Continue reading Of Ice and I.C.E.: A Strange Tale of Values, Sanctuaries, and Catfish
The University of Tennessee student featured in this Tennessean article challenged her instructor’s views on the state of the black family during slavery. Seems the instructor glorified the family structure while the student pointed out the peculiar institution’s role in ripping men away from their families (and let’s not forget other evil behavior toward slave women). I was taught college professors have the authority to … Continue reading University Instructor Imposes Price on Free Exchange of Ideas
Contributed by KIPP Nashville Collegiate High School parent Camiqueka Fuller as read at the June 13, 2017 school board meeting. Because five of nine board members were not attendance, the parents featured in this series expressed grave concern about the cold shoulder extended to charter schools and their families at board meetings. They have a voice, please listen. Good evening, my name is Camiqueka Fuller. … Continue reading Parent to School Board: “Please Stop The Disparaging Remarks Toward Our Families For Our Choice”