Charter School Parent to School Board: ‘Please Understand My Choice’

Contributed by Stem Prep parent Mara Rivera as read at the June 13, 2017 school board meeting. Because five of nine board members were not attendance, the parents featured in this series expressed grave concern about the cold shoulder extended to charter schools and their families at board meetings. They have a voice, please listen.  Buenas tardes señores de la junta directiva. Mi nombre es … Continue reading Charter School Parent to School Board: ‘Please Understand My Choice’

After A Week of Angry Blogging, Time for Cooler Heads to Prevail – Zack Barnes

A few of us have spent the week responding to an article in The Tennessean that generously offers up space and ink to empty accusations and other witch hunt-like activities intended to eradicate charter schools from the Nashville landscape. Maybe not the most effective use of our time, but the kids, you know? Below, the very cool (and super smart) Zack Barnes of TN Ed Report curates a roundup … Continue reading After A Week of Angry Blogging, Time for Cooler Heads to Prevail – Zack Barnes

For LEAD Public Schools’ Class of 2017 Getting Into College Is Just the Beginning of the Story

Senior Signing Day 2017 is in the books and LEAD Public Schools knows how to throw a party for its students! LEAD’s communications director Jon Zlock launched the festivities with a pep rally of a lifetime. Each LEAD school performed a chant pumping up all within earshot before things slowed to serious. From the schools’ CEO Chris Reynolds to Governor Bill Haslam, the message to … Continue reading For LEAD Public Schools’ Class of 2017 Getting Into College Is Just the Beginning of the Story

Nashville Charter Schools Discussion Sends Dark Message, Fuels Fear and Acrimony

The charter school conversation in Nashville continues to erode. There are a plethora of issues that plague a district our size, yet increased attention is dedicated to blasting charter schools. Last evening, the Board of Education discussed the viability and future of the seven year old district-charter school compact. Once hailed as a national model of collaboration and symbol of good intentions, dissolving the compact would make a pretty … Continue reading Nashville Charter Schools Discussion Sends Dark Message, Fuels Fear and Acrimony

It’s Charter School Season in Nashville and You’d Better Watch Your Back

Or perhaps I should say, GET OUT. The political landscape gets scary around the time charter organizations submit their proposals to operate in Nashville. So, it’s not surprising to see the attacks launch a month before the application deadline. What’s troubling, though, is how charter haters are doing it. The tactics are well-timed, comprehensively planned, and merciless, which would be just fine if the anti-charter … Continue reading It’s Charter School Season in Nashville and You’d Better Watch Your Back