Nashville 2016 School Board Candidates Lose the Battle, Win the War: Miranda Christy

Permission granted to Volume and Light. Originally posted on Facebook. Friends,  On August 3rd, the day before our local election, a document was filed alleging that I, three other candidates for school board, and Stand for Children violated campaign finance laws. I have said that the document was without merit since the day it was filed and today, the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance reached … Continue reading Nashville 2016 School Board Candidates Lose the Battle, Win the War: Miranda Christy

Summer of Discontent Gives Way to Fall… and Winter 

I wrote this post nearly two months ago when Stand for Children and the four losing school board candidates were faced with their first hearing after being charged with malfeasance by the Tennessee Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance.  ——————————- Anyone connected in any way to last summer’s Nashville school board election is currently suffering from a PTSD, of sorts. The knock-down-drag-out was not for the … Continue reading Summer of Discontent Gives Way to Fall… and Winter 

#SoundOff Wednesday: Yours Truly Gets a Bit Personal and Justifies the Crazy

Sound Off is a weekly feature spotlighting a community member dedicated to quality educational choices in Nashville. This week: Me! “Growing up poor… Any statement that starts off with those words is meant to evoke sympathy. But, for me, my launch into poverty informs every decision, failure, win, passion, and indignation. My mother, single with three children, fought personal demons, therefore, unable to provide traditional parental … Continue reading #SoundOff Wednesday: Yours Truly Gets a Bit Personal and Justifies the Crazy

Tennessee Has a Real Chance to Advance Voucher Legislation- Thanks Trump

Joel Ebert of The Tennessean reports on Repbulican lawmaker Rep. Bill Dunn’s failed attempts to pass voucher legislation and renewed hope resulting from increase in GOP legislators recently elected.  The legislation allows for students receiving free and reduced and zoned to schools in the bottom 5% based on performance indicators to qualify for “opportunity scholarships” to private schools. I have been agnostic about vouchers as … Continue reading Tennessee Has a Real Chance to Advance Voucher Legislation- Thanks Trump

Teachers’ Union is the Real MVP at School Board Meeting

The Metropolitan Nashville Board of Education is making big statements on behalf of the local teachers’ union these days. At Tuesday night’s business meeting, the group of nine voted unanimously on several key items, chief among them are establishment of collaborative conferencing and resolution to oppose use of TCAP in 2016-17 teacher evaluations. Collaborative Conferencing For decades, MNPS staff and teacher union reps battled it out in … Continue reading Teachers’ Union is the Real MVP at School Board Meeting