Breaking the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Excellence in 37208

Just as Nashville was shedding it’s “It” status and burgeoning as the Bachelorette Party Capitol of the world, the Brookings Institution released a report about Music City USA that sent shockwaves throughout the community. Black men born between 1980 and 1986 in the 37208 zip code have the highest incarceration rates in the country. Let me paint a picture: 37208 known as North Nashville is … Continue reading Breaking the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Excellence in 37208

Breaking the School-to-Prison Pipeline Through Literacy

Two years ago this month, the Nashville Literacy Collaborative, a large group of Nashville’s socio-political elite assembled to announce a blueprint to double the number of 3rd graders reading on grade level by 2025. Currently, 28.8 percent of 3rd graders are reading “on track” or “mastered,” Black students 19.2 percent, and Economically Disadvantaged 15.2 percent. The Collaborative’s stated goal is to double these percentages in … Continue reading Breaking the School-to-Prison Pipeline Through Literacy

Nashville Charter School Leaders: #WhyWeCollaborate

Not even this morning’s torrential downpour can dampen my mood. Before reaching (clamoring) for my first cup of coffee I checked my email. To my surprise, the first email is from a group of Nashville charter leaders letting us know they’ve been meeting on the down low for months and now they’re a thing. Charter leaders from the city’s highest performing schools representing more than … Continue reading Nashville Charter School Leaders: #WhyWeCollaborate

NAACP’s Misguided Moratorium on Charter Schools Puts Children Dead Last

Since 1909, the NAACP has been at the forefront of civil rights struggles in the United States, from ending lynchings to securing Black voting rights and ending school segregation.  But its rigid stance on charters flies in the face of reality. Take the ACT college exam for example. On what planet does it make sense for the NAACP to tell a black charter school leader … Continue reading NAACP’s Misguided Moratorium on Charter Schools Puts Children Dead Last

The Dismantling of Nashville’s Charters: A Summertime Strategy Sure to Hurt Most Vulnerable

Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools is a school district of highs and lows; no different than any other urban school district in the United States. Our district is home to one of the highest performing magnet high schools in the country and schools that struggle to teach 3rd graders to read at grade level. Further, there are too few that perform as well as the former … Continue reading The Dismantling of Nashville’s Charters: A Summertime Strategy Sure to Hurt Most Vulnerable

Desperately Seeking Good News During Week of Renewal and Hope

Religious or not, it’s hard not to get swept up in this season of renewal and hope. I have needed a change of scenery after spending so much time calling out deficits in our education system and the acceptance of underperformance of students of color that is baked into our culture. Not to mention the stories of faux pas’, war, and death that take up most of the real estate … Continue reading Desperately Seeking Good News During Week of Renewal and Hope