I didn’t want to go. I had no interest in attending an event billed as a rally for youth and Dr. Shawn Joseph during a time the embattled director of schools is fighting for a contract renewal. “What good,” I asked myself, “could a Thursday night church rally of Black community members and leaders do to bridge the school board/director divide, repair broken relationships between … Continue reading Black Nashville Takes A Stand For Students and Embattled Director Dr. Shawn Joseph
After thirty months of observing the director of schools’ performance and intense media scrutiny, sometimes writing in support of the man and other times throwing shade on his administration, my effort to rise above the fray and focus on the children recently fell victim to the noise. It got personal. The writing has been on the wall for some time now, but it’s now screaming. … Continue reading The Writing On The Wall: WE ARE FAILING METRO SCHOOLS STUDENTS. DO THE THING THAT SAVES THEM.
In my last post, I included a quote from the incomparable Oprah Winfrey during her now infamous Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award acceptance speech. The quote is simple and succinct, but the message packs a punch. “Speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we all have.” The quote would seem to take on a life of its own as tragedies and court decisions … Continue reading Much Ado About Everything But The Babies
Interested parties have known about it for weeks. Many people have sat in front me over coffee referring to the “rumors” about the “potential” number of schools on the dreaded Tennessee Department of Education’s priority list. But they already knew. They knew the list of Nashville schools performing in the state’s bottom 5 percent would reach into the twenties. That every single school on the … Continue reading Nashville Can’t Keep Whitewashing Its Problem Educating Black and Brown Students
Outgoing Governor Bill Haslam and his Commissioner of Education Candice McQueen received a letter submitted by leaders of the two largest and most diverse school districts in the state of Tennessee requesting to be relieved from the state’s only standardized assessment. Metro Schools director Dr. Shawn Joseph and Shelby County superintendent Dorsey Hopson want nothing more to do with TNReady attributing their declaration of “no … Continue reading Leaders of Tennessee’s Largest and Most Diverse Districts Done With TNReady
Dude. I’m already a woman of few words, but the state of Nashville today leaves me speechless. Acting mayor David Briley delivered his first State of Metro address this morning with a focus on unity and “tightening our belts and keeping our taxes low.” This speech comes in the wake of a string of unfortunate events fostering distrust and forcing Nashville residents into political and … Continue reading The City Proposes “Status Quo” Budget, But School District Will Take Huge Hit