Finally, These Schools Can Stop Worrying About Facilities and Put That Energy and Money Into Educating Our Kids

It’s a little-known fact that charters schools are on the hook for their own facilities. Charter schools are saddled with spending a portion of the local and state funding attached to a student — meant for teaching and learning — on facilities. Additionally, charter leaders are forced to spend time locating a building and in a growing city like Nashville, that is challenging and expensive. … Continue reading Finally, These Schools Can Stop Worrying About Facilities and Put That Energy and Money Into Educating Our Kids

Honoring the Life of Dr. King and One of His Most Powerful Messages

Today, I’m only one of a chorus of voices commemorating the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Even if my words get lost amongst the pack of posts, blogs, articles, memes, and quotes – it’s ok. Fifty years ago today, America’s greatest champion was silenced. We lost the man, but thank goodness his message lives on! (More on this later) April 4, 2018. 50 … Continue reading Honoring the Life of Dr. King and One of His Most Powerful Messages

Nashville Parent Kimberly Robinson Shares Her Story

I have lived in Nashville for the last nine years. I came to Nashville after college and I have worked in education for the past twelve years. I worked in the private sector through college and when I came to Nashville I first worked as a classroom teacher, then transitioned to an office administrator and ended up in school leadership. Eight years ago when I … Continue reading Nashville Parent Kimberly Robinson Shares Her Story

The Most Controversial Budget In Recent Memory Gets A Do-Over; Still Contentious

Metro Schools’ budget process has been an ordeal! News of the $7.5 million loss due to an “unexpected” dip in enrollment combined with news of the reallocation of federal funding from poor schools to poorer schools was just too much. Not surprisingly, director of schools Shawn Joseph has been under fire since communicating these things in a letter to teachers, subsequently calling for a spending … Continue reading The Most Controversial Budget In Recent Memory Gets A Do-Over; Still Contentious

Teach for America Nashville Earns Top Spot for TN Teacher Prep Programs

As an employee of the public school system, it was my job to rally against anything that threatened business as usual. Let’s just say I was busy. Within a relatively short period of time, proposals inundated the school district, each offering challenges to our status quo. Charter schools, school uniforms, year-round calendar, and alternative teacher licensing programs all hit the scene hard and fast and … Continue reading Teach for America Nashville Earns Top Spot for TN Teacher Prep Programs

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