Nashville Summers Are Not All Cowboy Boots and Denim

Summer break in Nashville is in full effect, I know this because last night the CMA Awards kicked off the annual Country Music Festival. Also, schools have been out for two weeks and the great summer happenings are flooding my timeline. However, the business of education is far from adjourned. June is hot for more reasons than the obvious as our city council has on … Continue reading Nashville Summers Are Not All Cowboy Boots and Denim

Black Families Shed Systemic Shackles And Chase Excellence

There is no freedom without choice. I know that’s pretty basic. Anyone who thinks about freedom for five minutes could easily come to that conclusion, and I know I’m not the first to say it, but I think it’s profound. The struggle for freedom is as old as humanity itself. There have always been those who try to limit freedom—limit choices—for certain groups, and for … Continue reading Black Families Shed Systemic Shackles And Chase Excellence

In Less Than A Year, STEM Prep Masterfully Flips The Script for English Learners

I am a wannabe Francophone. I like to think that French is my language, but the truth is I’m bad it. If I were to immerse myself in the French culture for one year, even with three years of French under my belt, I would still be very bad it. Not this group of newcomers. STEM Preparatory Academy recently celebrated a group of fifth graders matriculating … Continue reading In Less Than A Year, STEM Prep Masterfully Flips The Script for English Learners

Squeezing In Another End-of-School-Year Appreciation Week

I don’t know where I’m going with this except that I want to thank those who go hard for children’s education. We’ve celebrated teachers and charter schools; moms deservedly had their day and dads will be honored in less than a month. Surely there’s enough space on the celebration calendar to honor the moms, dads, grandmas, paw paws, Aunt Darlenes, Uncle Alfreds, the Memphis Lifts … Continue reading Squeezing In Another End-of-School-Year Appreciation Week

Let’s Be Honest About Who Deserves Choice

I’ll be brief. Teacher Appreciation Week and Charter Schools Week take their final bow for 2018, but, as a nation, we have failed to properly honor teachers and charters. Teachers in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Arizona have hit the streets, leaving behind students and standards, to demand more pay. And, in recent months, charter schools have been accused of segregation. Yeah, that happened. Locally, … Continue reading Let’s Be Honest About Who Deserves Choice

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