Volume and Light is dedicated to amplifying and illuminating education issues and stories traditionally unavailable to readers. The mission is to offer a point-of-view of education utilizing my lens as a former public school district staffer, parent, and student. This blog seeks to inform families of the good, bad, and wrong, and because of the toxic environment for parent choice, 2017 saw dozens of posts … Continue reading Reflecting on the Year’s Education Scene and Honoring Nashville’s #EdChamps2017
Remember how vulnerable and scared you felt watching the nuclear war tough talks between the president of the United States and the leader of North Korea? It was reminiscent of playground bullies battling to control all areas in and around the monkey bars and seesaw while the other children stand on the sidelines too fearful to play until one of the bullies backs down or gets … Continue reading 2018 School Board Race: Using Battle Scars to Chart the Path to Victory for Every Public School Student
This is what happens when politics outranks people. A resolution introduced by board member Mary Pierce enforcing the board’s role in advocating for every student (and family) failed in dramatic form this week. The breakdown of the vote on the measure to support ALL families was, unfortunately, not surprising — 4 voting yes, 3 abstaining, 1 refused to vote and 1 absent. But what shocks the … Continue reading 10,000+ Nashville Charter School Families Get Official Eviction Notice
The first School Board meeting of 2017 is scheduled to end at 8pm, but with 72 people signed up to petition the Board – well, you just never know how these things will end! By the looks of it, most are signed up to speak about the highly sought after suburban high school west of Nashville to replace the current school that includes a segment … Continue reading School Board Meeting Will Go Deep Into the Night Thanks to Parents, West Nashville Residents
The days that remain in 2016 are so few they can be best expressed in hours. While never really buying into the whole “new year, new you” craze, within the next 36 hours I’ll be owning it! Then there’s the whole personifying of 2016 as the grim reaper (which is the personification of death?). Yes, I agree that in 2016 too many of the Creator’s best have … Continue reading #NashvilleEduStory Feat. 2016 and 7 of Its Best (whether I like the story or not)
Don’t get me wrong, I am good friends with most of the school board members. I do believe most of them are good people who really do love the babies. Maybe it’s too early for board members whose terms are up in 2018 to decide whether they will run again. But it’s a great time for prospects to scavenge the landscape. And yes, I mean … Continue reading Yes, You Should Be Afraid to Run for Nashville School Board. But You Should Do It Anyway!
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