To Democratic Debaters: A Message from Chiefs for Change and Save Our Charter Schools

For months we’ve watched Democratic presidential hopefuls tap dance to the rhetoric of powerful unions while stepping on the neck of the national network of charter school families, children and hardworking school leaders and teachers — all in the name of politics — and, sadly, with little pushback. That changed yesterday. On the eve of the Democratic presidential debate in Houston, TX, Chiefs for Change, … Continue reading To Democratic Debaters: A Message from Chiefs for Change and Save Our Charter Schools

Why Is It So Hard For Families To Get The Respect They Deserve?

“We build relationship systems.” — Mia Howard, founder and CEO of Intrepid Schools in Antioch, TN. Last year, I had the pleasure of visiting Intrepid Schools, a Tennessee Reward school (top five percent) and charter school. The interview with the school’s fearless leader Mia Howard has been on my mind as of late because of what she listed as Intrepid’s secret to success. Relationships and … Continue reading Why Is It So Hard For Families To Get The Respect They Deserve?

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”

#EdChamp2017 Bold School Board Member Mary Pierce Ends Solid Service at One Term

I cannot tell a lie. Mary Pierce, the soft-spoken, pro-charter school, mom of four from the well-to-do side of the tracks made little impression on me during her school board campaign four years ago. I felt she was a project, a creation to fight the “status quo”, by the Nashville education reform crowd — a crowd I didn’t trust — and if I didn’t trust … Continue reading #EdChamp2017 Bold School Board Member Mary Pierce Ends Solid Service at One Term

Back to School Nashville: Parents Got 99 Problems…The Type of School Ain’t One

Guest Blogger Shani Jackson Dowell shares her thoughts about a world where parents are doing the best for their children while navigating systemic isms and the age-old battle against others’ judgment.  I hear ya, sis. Parents, you know we’ve got all kinds of problems to worry about. But feeling judged for the kind of school we choose for our children shouldn’t be one of them. … Continue reading Back to School Nashville: Parents Got 99 Problems…The Type of School Ain’t One

“They Planning For Our Future, None Of Our People Involved” – A Reminder From A Tribe Called Quest

Education advocacy–and I’m talking mainly about the debate on charter schools, vouchers, and tracking school progress (aka accountability)–deserves your attention. It doesn’t matter what you’ve heard or what you think you know, sit back and take a look at what’s happening nationally and in your own backyard. Too many people get their information from one side of the debate or the other. I am not … Continue reading “They Planning For Our Future, None Of Our People Involved” – A Reminder From A Tribe Called Quest