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.
I am the mother of 3 beautiful and intelligent, but very different children. Anyone with more than 1 child can probably attest with me of how bewildering that can be. Yet, because we want the very best for our children, we work with them to grow in their strengths and overcome their challenges.
I’m reminded of my brother who struggled with many behavioral challenges in school; to the point that the teachers were calling home almost daily to report those challenges. My mom addressed and dealt with each of those issues.
However, it also prompted her to ask if there was anything good that they saw in her child. That’s where I am each time I see article after article of some of our elected school board officials. Is there anything good you see with Metro Nashville Public Charter schools? I would have loved to see an article congratulating the rising senior class of KIPP Nashville Collegiate High School – where over half of the students qualify for the Hope Scholarship, having scored a 21 or higher on the ACT, or a tweet applauding over a third of them that scored a 24 or higher.
Wouldn’t it have been nice to hear how many of the students, including my daughter who scored a 29, went back this past Saturday and took the ACT again, hoping to improve their scores and opportunities to get into the colleges of their choice?
While those deserved recognitions and countless others would have been nice, our students, and teachers, and parents continue to not only press and progress without them, but also in spite of the negative rhetoric of some of our elected school board members. Much like my brother, who went on to serve his country for 21 years in the Navy, earn his degree, and now continues to serve as a teacher in a public school.
While I laud the efforts of MNPS to improve the educational outlook for all of our children through choice, I ask that you please stop the disparaging remarks toward our families for our choice.