Counseling Session: Betsy with the Good Heir (Trying to Make Lemonade)

I cannot tell a lie. The news of President-elect Trump’s nomination of billionaire Betsy DeVos as the next secretary of education gives me pause. Grave pause. I mean, come on, her story begins filthy rich and then she marries stinking rich — with not a hint of public schooling in sight. Trust issue duly justified. It’s not that Billionaire Betsy went to parochial school, married Amway heir Dick DeVos, Jr., sent … Continue reading Counseling Session: Betsy with the Good Heir (Trying to Make Lemonade)

Breaking from Tradition with Reverse Thanksgiving List 

On this day, tradition suggests we acknowledge and list our blessings which is not a bad idea after the series of unfortunate events that make up 2016. And while I’m grateful for my bounty–my family and friends, America’s pain is too present to sidestep.  So, I’ve decided to break from tradition and list really selfish wants, sort of a reverse Thanksgiving list.  I want every … Continue reading Breaking from Tradition with Reverse Thanksgiving List 

Children Killed in #ChattanoogaBusCrash Identified 

Rest In Peace… D’Myunn Brown, 6 Zyanna Harris, 10 Cordayja Jones, 9 Z’yara Mateen , 6 Zoie Nash, 9 Keontae Wilson, 8 (passed away November 23) For more information about the babies, click here.  To help families impacted by the crash, donate here. Emotional video message from CEO of bus company Durham School Services  picture from FOX17  Continue reading Children Killed in #ChattanoogaBusCrash Identified 

Dear Nashville School Board: A Moratorium on Charters is Unnecessary and Harmful to Families

The election. The cast of characters tapped to lead our nation. The soul-crushing tragedy in Chattanooga.   There is no shortage of bad things to distract us from the business at hand, but I’d like to take this opportunity to guide us back to our reality within Nashville’s education landscape.  Our school board will be considering a resolution to place a moratorium on Nashville charter … Continue reading Dear Nashville School Board: A Moratorium on Charters is Unnecessary and Harmful to Families

Howard Fuller, Chairman Emeritus of BAEO, Graces Nashville’s Clergy with Unvarnished Truth

So this happened. Thank you @HowardLFuller for the marching orders; unvarnished and with love. @ntlBAEO pic.twitter.com/4AeEchB5ZD — Vesia #OneVoice Hawkins (@vesiawils) November 17, 2016 Thursday, November 17th, Project Renaissance and local Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO) organizer Neonta Williams invited Howard L. Fuller, BAEO’s founder and Chair Emeritus, to Nashville. The extremely well-organized breakfast was specifically for Nashville’s clergy, but other community leaders (mostly ed reformers) were … Continue reading Howard Fuller, Chairman Emeritus of BAEO, Graces Nashville’s Clergy with Unvarnished Truth