Middle School Parents Need Statistics Degree To Understand Student Info

The father of two Metro Schools students and twins due in December walked up to me with these words: “Ms. Vesia, you know anything about these progress reports?” Ms. Vesia has not seen a progress in many years. Ms. Vesia is thrilled about this fact and all too eager to relay the message. But not even my smugness could deter the guy from walking to … Continue reading Middle School Parents Need Statistics Degree To Understand Student Info

Does Mayor Think Schools’ High Mobility Rate Is Due To Low-Income Students’ Love Of Travel?

I was a nineteen-year-old college student when street philosopher Doughboy in the movie Boyz N The Hood uttered the words that would stay with me more than twenty-five years later, “either they don’t know, don’t show, or don’t care about what’s going on in the hood.” Only the great Ice Cube with his Compton cadence could deliver such a line and it land perfectly. Today, … Continue reading Does Mayor Think Schools’ High Mobility Rate Is Due To Low-Income Students’ Love Of Travel?

Vote, But First Get The Tea

If you missed early voting then you, like me, will be standing in line to vote at your assigned precinct this Thursday. I almost never vote on Election Day as Nashville’s early voting process is unbelievably convenient and there’s rarely a wait in line. But this year has been The Most as the kids say around here. This is the third election in as many … Continue reading Vote, But First Get The Tea

To Choose Or Not To Choose, The Greatest Non-Debate

Last weekend a friend tagged me in a high-octane, drawn out tweet-debate with some of the greatest minds in education. Mini-essays of no more than 280 characters flooded my mentions late Friday night and throughout Saturday. A big, fat battle line was drawn, one side choice and the other not so much. I was drafted to join TeamChoice to defend families rights to choose and … Continue reading To Choose Or Not To Choose, The Greatest Non-Debate

Profile In Innovation: Plant the Seed

Some might define Nashville’s It-ness by the hundreds of organizations that have aligned their mission around the needs of schools and their students. Our schools are largely filled with students from low-income families and in a city like Nashville where the poor gets poorer, the myriad of social ills that plague our community at large show up in our classrooms. As a result, schools are … Continue reading Profile In Innovation: Plant the Seed

Squeezing In Another End-of-School-Year Appreciation Week

I don’t know where I’m going with this except that I want to thank those who go hard for children’s education. We’ve celebrated teachers and charter schools; moms deservedly had their day and dads will be honored in less than a month. Surely there’s enough space on the celebration calendar to honor the moms, dads, grandmas, paw paws, Aunt Darlenes, Uncle Alfreds, the Memphis Lifts … Continue reading Squeezing In Another End-of-School-Year Appreciation Week

Allison Simpson: “I’m Tired”

The headline struck me: “Metro Nashville schools plan could increase funding at some schools and make cuts at 49 others.” I never would’ve imagined turning on my computer and seeing the above headline. As if our school system didn’t have enough issues, we are now losing funding. The district received over $33 million in Title I funds last year, but for the upcoming school year … Continue reading Allison Simpson: “I’m Tired”