Do You Hear What I Hear? It’s The Sound of Fear-Mongering and Parent-Shaming

The Associated Press’ story blaming charter schools for re-segregating schools has the ed reform community in a tizzy. Thought-leaders, policymakers, and advocates have lit up Twitter, and rightfully so, crying foul about a story that supports the tragically irresponsible claim made by the NAACP and AFT (American Federation of Teachers union) last summer. I get it. People are afraid. As more charters experience success, the … Continue reading Do You Hear What I Hear? It’s The Sound of Fear-Mongering and Parent-Shaming

The Freedom to Choose a School is Simply a Matter of Principle (Guest Blogger: Matt Halvorson)

In response to NAACP-American Federation of Teachers, Inc. ganging up on charter schools, dozens of articles and blogs have dedicated space to the NAACP-AFT, Inc. corporate merger and the subsequent beatdown of the greatest threat to their ill-gotten empire.  Further, the Brown vs. Board of Education case has recently starred in a number of think-pieces as a historical reference to both support and oppose school … Continue reading The Freedom to Choose a School is Simply a Matter of Principle (Guest Blogger: Matt Halvorson)

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

Best of 2016 in Nashville Education: #5 The Memphis Lift and Sarah A. Carpenter

Maybe this isn’t really a Nashville story, but it has some Music City flavor. In October, several Nashville parents accompanied Memphis parents to Cincinnati, OH protest the national NAACP’s ratification of the resolution to place a moratorium on charter schools throughout the United States. Though serving in an official capacity, I couldn’t avoid being drawn into the passion and determination of parents and grandparents fighting … Continue reading Best of 2016 in Nashville Education: #5 The Memphis Lift and Sarah A. Carpenter

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

Quality Choices and Greater Accountability 

This is a pretty solid USA Today article about the need for more quality choices despite the NAACP charter moratorium. The author fills a small space about the Memphis Lift rally and quotes Lift leader Sarah Carpenter.  The article is centered around secretary of education John King who speaks against “arbitrary” caps on charter schools and in support of greater state accountability.  “When charters perform … Continue reading Quality Choices and Greater Accountability 

My Disappointment in the NAACP Is Only Matched By My Awe for the Parents of the Memphis Lift

Since the NAACP voted to support a moratorium on charter schools, I’ve been slowly unpacking the unique dynamic played out before my very eyes. You see, I was fortunate to join a 150-strong group of #PowerfulParents on a trip from Tennessee to Cincinnati, where the NAACP vote was being held. I was one of a small group of Nashvillians picked up en route—most of the … Continue reading My Disappointment in the NAACP Is Only Matched By My Awe for the Parents of the Memphis Lift

Cincy Bound, For the Babies

150 perfect strangers bound together by the love for America’s children, our future. Because for our children we permit ourselves to dream the best dreams for our country. Our visions are magnificent! And though we may have missed the mark, we revel in the beauty of transferring the dream to the next generation. For a dream deferred is not dead. We are good knowing that … Continue reading Cincy Bound, For the Babies