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

Smithson Craighead Academy

Sound Off: Sister Sandra Smithson, Founder of Nashville’s First Charter School

Volume and Light will produce a bi-monthly piece called Sound Off featuring a community leader dedicated to Nashville families and quality choices. The inaugural Sound Off honors the founder of Nashville’s first charter school. On a unseasonably warm day in October, I visited Nashville’s first charter school Smithson-Craighead Academy. The Project Reflect school opened in 2003, situated on a large expanse in the rapidly-changing community of Madison, has seen … Continue reading Sound Off: Sister Sandra Smithson, Founder of Nashville’s First Charter School

Shelby County Tennessee Superintendent Offers Aggressive Proposal to Close Schools 

Chalkbeat’s Laura Faith Kebede writes about Shelby County School District superintendent Dorsey Hopson’s proposal to close and consolidate up to 13 schools affecting 4,600 students.  The struggling district began the school year with 22,000 empty seats and the aggressive plan will eliminate roughly 9% of those seats. The proposal recommends closing schools with severe maintenance issues and opening 3 new schools combining several communities.  I … Continue reading Shelby County Tennessee Superintendent Offers Aggressive Proposal to Close Schools