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

“Right now, only 34 percent of Nashville’s third-graders read at grade level”

At this week’s Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual report card release, Mayor Megan Barry announced the launch of a literacy initiative.  Many of us live with the reality of 3rd grade’s starring role in the school-to-prison pipeline. Kudos to the mayor and our city’s leaders for tackling this extremely challenging issue. Because when we make an issue our priority, good things happen.  Literacy has … Continue reading “Right now, only 34 percent of Nashville’s third-graders read at grade level”

Loving This List of Charter School Supporters But Wishing it Had More Nashville Flavor

If the 2016 presidential election season will be credited with anything it just might be successfully testing Americans’ allegiance to party politics. With all the controversy surrounding Democrat presidential nominee Hilary Clinton and Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, it seems more prevalent than ever voters choosing party values over the candidates selected to represent them. Conversely, the 2016 election season may also be recorded as the year the … Continue reading Loving This List of Charter School Supporters But Wishing it Had More Nashville Flavor

#OneDistrict

Nashville’s education landscape is as fluctuant as the topography of the great state of Tennessee. From the 1962 historic merging of city and county to Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools’ 1998 declaration of unitary status, forever ending busing, Nashville has seen no shortage of movement. But the community’s cyclical activity of the last fifteen years serves as a cautionary tale replete with lessons and warnings. Continue reading “#OneDistrict”