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

Yes, You Should Be Afraid to Run for Nashville School Board. But You Should Do It Anyway!

Don’t get me wrong, I am good friends with most of the school board members. I do believe most of them are good people who really do love the babies. Maybe it’s too early for board members whose terms are up in 2018 to decide whether they will run again. But it’s a great time for prospects to scavenge the landscape. And yes, I mean … Continue reading Yes, You Should Be Afraid to Run for Nashville School Board. But You Should Do It Anyway!

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