Will The Real Roseanne Please Have Several Seats?

“Words are the voice of the heart.” – Confucious I’m still reeling from the gut punch after learning of Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet referencing the Planet of the Apes when referring to Valerie Jarrett, a former Obama administration staffer, and Black woman. And just minutes ago I learned of Roseanne’s 2013 tweet referencing an ape and Susan Rice, another Black woman. Gut punch times two. … Continue reading Will The Real Roseanne Please Have Several Seats?

The City Proposes “Status Quo” Budget, But School District Will Take Huge Hit

Dude. I’m already a woman of few words, but the state of Nashville today leaves me speechless. Acting mayor David Briley delivered his first State of Metro address this morning with a focus on unity and “tightening our belts and keeping our taxes low.” This speech comes in the wake of a string of unfortunate events fostering distrust and forcing Nashville residents into political and … Continue reading The City Proposes “Status Quo” Budget, But School District Will Take Huge Hit

Is Dr. Joseph Still the Guy to Get the Job Done?

Look, I don’t know what on earth is happening at 2601 Bransford Avenue (MNPS Central Office), but since we first heard from the director about the school district’s current budget and plans for the proposed budget, board-director relations and public opinion have been volatile, to say the least. After learning of the $7 million loss in state funding – discovered in February – our world … Continue reading Is Dr. Joseph Still the Guy to Get the Job Done?

Allison Simpson: “I’m Tired”

The headline struck me: “Metro Nashville schools plan could increase funding at some schools and make cuts at 49 others.” I never would’ve imagined turning on my computer and seeing the above headline. As if our school system didn’t have enough issues, we are now losing funding. The district received over $33 million in Title I funds last year, but for the upcoming school year … Continue reading Allison Simpson: “I’m Tired”

Dr. Diarese George: The Gatekeeper and Waymaker for Tennessee’s Educators of Color

Diarese George is a young, intelligent, well-dressed native of Clarksville, TN who is generous with his story: He turned the “inequities that followed him from kindergarten through college” into a job—recruiting and retaining educators of color. George is the director of recruitment at the Nashville Teacher Residency, a non-traditional teacher preparation program. In his “spare” time, the ambitious George is the Founder and Chairman of … Continue reading Dr. Diarese George: The Gatekeeper and Waymaker for Tennessee’s Educators of Color

Not So Fast, Nashville – We Are Only As Good As The Schools In Bottom Five Percent

I woke up to this morning’s headline: “More Nashville public schools Rank in bottom 5 percent, according to state data.” To say it troubles me would be an understatement. It should trouble you, too! I’m saddened because our city, more concerned with sitting at the cool table, no longer concerns itself with the little guy. How else does one explain the robust manpower behind the intense … Continue reading Not So Fast, Nashville – We Are Only As Good As The Schools In Bottom Five Percent

A Nashville Parent Shares Frustration Over School Board’s Mixed Messaging on Charter Schools and Expectations

After learning of the Nashville school board’s decision to renew the charter of a school that has failed to meet standards for several years, parent Aidan Hoyal took to Facebook to air her frustration and we were there for it.  We hear you, Aidan.  Can any of you local ed policy experts please help me understand this? The MNPS School Board on Tuesday 1/23/18 voted … Continue reading A Nashville Parent Shares Frustration Over School Board’s Mixed Messaging on Charter Schools and Expectations