“It was Kindergarten when he was suspended 60 times. And the 50th time I was like ‘this has got to stop!'”

In a special holiday two-part series, Victoria Gordon shares her #NashvilleEduStory. Ms. Gordon is a daily presence in the halls of her youngest son’s school serving as its mom-in-residence. On this particular day, Mama Gordon was channeling Elf on the Shelf for the littles. “I have one child in a zoned school, one in a charter school, and one out of county. I made three different choices for each … Continue reading “It was Kindergarten when he was suspended 60 times. And the 50th time I was like ‘this has got to stop!’”

Annual Report Card Release by Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce (The arm-twisters)

For 25 years, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce has released its report card as researched and written by community leaders. This months-long, painstaking process begins in the summer and ends some time in November with a collection of massive amounts of data from reports and interviews. I know this because I spent five years helping the effort as education program manager for the Chamber. Yep, I’ve … Continue reading Annual Report Card Release by Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce (The arm-twisters)

So Parents Who Speak Out in Support of Charter Schools are Pawns? REALLY?

This is not a fake news story. It was brought to my attention that parents at Tuesday night’s board meeting were called pawns by a local parent blogger (who has blocked me). Like any blogger worth her salt, I checked with a couple of reliable sources to confirm the BS (because, blocked). And I’m sad to report that yes, parents, you have been called pawns! I will refrain … Continue reading So Parents Who Speak Out in Support of Charter Schools are Pawns? REALLY?

“As a person of color, I put a heavy value on education.” 

#SoundOff with Natasha Hobbs, MNPS parent “I feel that she has gotten a decent education. But, often times with magnet schools certain services are not offered. Based on her academic situation and even her socioeconomic situation with me being a single mother, she doesn’t qualify for a lot of things because of the school she attends. Because she does not go to a failing school, … Continue reading “As a person of color, I put a heavy value on education.” 

Resolution to Halt Charter Schools Deferred Indefinitely Due to Intellectually Dishonest Environment

Bad Chamber of Commerce! The resolution’s author, Will Pinkston accused the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce with arm-twisting and other anti-resolution shenanigans. The Chamber, poor guys, is such an easy target when things don’t go our way. Been there, done that. But, hey –at least they got a Christmas gift for their trouble. Mr. Pinkston gifted the Chamber a calculator – replete with a ribbon! Now, … Continue reading Resolution to Halt Charter Schools Deferred Indefinitely Due to Intellectually Dishonest Environment

TNReady Results Tell Us Nashville’s High School Students Are Not Close to College/Career Ready 

The highly anticipated and dreaded results were released today and for Nashville students, it’s nothing to celebrate. As a matter of fact, we should be moved to action. According to Jason Gonzales of the Tennessean: Only 22.8 percent of all high school students are listed as on track or mastered reading in their grade level, and 12.2 percent are on track or mastered their grade … Continue reading TNReady Results Tell Us Nashville’s High School Students Are Not Close to College/Career Ready