Will The Real Roseanne Please Have Several Seats?

“Words are the voice of the heart.” – Confucious I’m still reeling from the gut punch after learning of Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet referencing the Planet of the Apes when referring to Valerie Jarrett, a former Obama administration staffer, and Black woman. And just minutes ago I learned of Roseanne’s 2013 tweet referencing an ape and Susan Rice, another Black woman. Gut punch times two. … Continue reading Will The Real Roseanne Please Have Several Seats?

“We Must Focus Like Never Before on Improving Nashville’s Public Schools”

Miranda Christy, Nashville attorney and education advocate, stops by Volume and Light to remind us to STAY VIGILANT in the DeVos era. Accountability matters.  Regarding the confirmation of Betsy DeVos, I stand with many of you: disappointed and disgusted. While the Secretary of Education has relatively little power, we must nevertheless be vigilant. Specifically, if we want to keep the state as well as outside … Continue reading “We Must Focus Like Never Before on Improving Nashville’s Public Schools”

Watching the Senate Vote for Betsy DeVos Was Eerily Similar to Super Bowl LI Minus the Shock Value

If you haven’t heard, Betsy DeVos is the newly crowned Secretary of Education. I intentionally use ‘crowned’ as it suggests she was gifted the position through the privilege that comes with being a DeVos. Which I believe to be true.  I’m not being petty, I watched it happen. From sitting through the 3-hour hearing,  to witnessing the growing opposition, to today’s historically unimpressive vote, all … Continue reading Watching the Senate Vote for Betsy DeVos Was Eerily Similar to Super Bowl LI Minus the Shock Value

Dropping #BillionaireBetsy for #TeamBetsy. When You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Force ‘Em to See You

Did you read about it, too?  Senator Deb Fischer (R-NE), the last great hope for the DeVos-averse has acquiesced and is solidly #TeamBetsy. I’ll let her tell you. My statement on Betsy DeVos: pic.twitter.com/LopDmk48Lo — Senator Deb Fischer (@SenatorFischer) February 2, 2017 Seems all 50 votes have been secured. Yippee. Not really. We can exert valuable energy disliking and fighting her every decision, or we … Continue reading Dropping #BillionaireBetsy for #TeamBetsy. When You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Force ‘Em to See You

Screw You, Imma Do Me Thanks for Writing. Sincerely, Lamar

Y’all remember when I made an appeal to the distinguished gentleman from the great state of Tennessee, Sen. Alexander? Here’s the very canned response: January 30, 2017   Ms. Alvesia Wilson-Hawkins Hermitage, TN 37076-1370 Dear Alvesia, Thanks very much for getting in touch with me and letting me know what’s on your mind regarding President Trump’s selection of Betsy DeVos to become the next Secretary of Education. … Continue reading Screw You, Imma Do Me Thanks for Writing. Sincerely, Lamar

Dear Senator Alexander—Don’t Get It Twisted…Sir

Originally posted on Facebook in response to Sen. Alexander’s Facebook post admonishing Democrats for opposing Betsy DeVos’ nomination to be the next Secretary of Education. Dear Sir, I (respectfully) resent the notion that only Democrats believe DeVos is unqualified. Some of us not married to partisan politics see clearly through the fluff you’ve paraded as qualifications. You should also know that while I’m traditionally suspicious … Continue reading Dear Senator Alexander—Don’t Get It Twisted…Sir

We Must Insist Parents Stay WOKE, Absence of Information Is The Exploiter’s Playground

School Choice Week, REALLY? Oh, so crafty, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN). First, he invokes the Word during DeVos’ confirmation hearing, then unabashedly ignores every Dem protest to his interpretation of hearing protocol (which I’m good with), and finally, the good Senator slips one in on us by scheduling the vote during School Choice Week. Oh, Sen. Dude, you are good. This says to me that the distinguished gentleman from … Continue reading We Must Insist Parents Stay WOKE, Absence of Information Is The Exploiter’s Playground

DeVos or Nah? Cheryl Mayes Is Less Than Impressed and Doesn’t Hold Back

Guest post by Cheryl D. Mayes, former chairwoman of the Nashville School Board and the 2016 recipient of the Council of Urban Boards of Education’s prestigious Benjamin Elijah Mays Lifetime Achievement Award for stellar leadership and tireless advocacy on behalf of children in Nashville, TN.  Who’s Minding The Education of Our Children? After watching the Senate confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos, the nominee for the … Continue reading DeVos or Nah? Cheryl Mayes Is Less Than Impressed and Doesn’t Hold Back

DeVos’ Below Proficient Performance Doesn’t Negate Growth Potential or Does It?

I’m not mad that Billionaire Betsy has nearly zero personal and professional connections to public schools. I’m not hating that she considers the public school system “dead end.” Hell, I’m even shelling out mad props for not getting up and slapping the crap out of Sen. Warren. While most eduwatchers are pouncing on certain responses (grizzly bears and such), I’ve been surveying the full landscape. … Continue reading DeVos’ Below Proficient Performance Doesn’t Negate Growth Potential or Does It?