Nashville (and Memphis) School Choice Advocates Make Appeal to School Board – Vote No Moratorium on Charters

The pro-school choice community in Nashville and even Memphis has spoken! We understand that charter schools are providing a need and without them as viable options we are hijacking opportunities from families in vulnerable circumstances. Check out these voices for choice in Nashville: Thank you, Memphis! But we are listening. And we are praying. And we are standing tall with our fellow Tennessee families in Nashville. Maya … Continue reading Nashville (and Memphis) School Choice Advocates Make Appeal to School Board – Vote No Moratorium on Charters

ESSA Occupies ASD’s Territory Meanwhile Students Are Sidelined 

In this Chalkbeat article about the ever-decreasing role of Tennessee’s Achievement School District (ASD) in school turnaround, one can only deduce that the students – 98% of whom are black and brown children – don’t have a fighting chance.  I’m gravely concerned about students in perennially failing schools and ESSA’s lack of urgency in righting the ships.  Under the new federal education law called the … Continue reading ESSA Occupies ASD’s Territory Meanwhile Students Are Sidelined 

Shouldn’t Parents Get a Say Before School Board Blocks Charter Schools?

According to the school board agenda for this week’s meeting, they are voting on a moratorium of any future charter schools in Nashville. Never mind the political agendas at work behind this resolution. The bigger problem is that the agenda from last week gave no notice to the public about the appearance of the resolution. And the text of the resolution itself didn’t appear until … Continue reading Shouldn’t Parents Get a Say Before School Board Blocks Charter Schools?

There’s No Shortage of DeVos Defenders 

Herein references another pro-DeVos article, this time from the Wall Street Journal. Deputy Editor Ingrid Jacques of Detroit News responds to Ms. DeVos’s critics.  Michigan’s charter model has also been criticized for its purported lack of accountability. Critics claim that schools aren’t held to high standards. But more than 100 charters have been closed in the last 20 years, both for academic and financial reasons. … Continue reading There’s No Shortage of DeVos Defenders 

Call it serendipity or a coincidence, but check out this piece published December 6, 2016 by Daniel Quisenberry for the Fordham Institute with a perfect response to the article referenced in my post titled Baited By Another Charter Hit Piece and Discovering Common Ground. Good stuff. Therefore, if we assume that the policy solutions applied in Detroit and to Michigan charters have any bearing on … Continue reading

Baited By Another Charter Hit Piece and Discovering Common Ground

Scrolling upon the tweet introducing this article in the Detroit Free Press about Betsy DeVos and Michigan charters, I could smell the charter hate through my iPhone. So I scrolled on. And then back. Baited! Life is interesting when you allow yourself to be open to dissenting views- you might discover common ground. Which is exactly what happened reading this article.  The reporter does a yeoman’s … Continue reading Baited By Another Charter Hit Piece and Discovering Common Ground