A Look Back At The Nashville School Board, Same As Today

A controversial and expensive decision affecting thousands of students. A contentious director of schools. A divided and belligerent school board. Racial tensions. Tens of thousands of students in struggling schools in a district ready for state takeover. The year was 2007. Fast forward eleven years to a near-identical situation, only the players have changed. Playing Director of Schools was Dr. Pedro Garcia surrounded by 4 … Continue reading A Look Back At The Nashville School Board, Same As Today

Ignore the Righteous Haters, Dr. Joseph, Because I’ve Got Your Back

“Autocratic, power-hungry, tone-deaf bureaucrat.” These are the venom-laced words written by Diane Ravitch, reverend of edu-righteousness, in an October 8th blog post about Nashville’s director of schools. Ravitch, a “born-again” anti-reformer, has decided to use her lofty pulpit to raise up the Nashville naysayers on the 100-day-old contract for director of schools Dr. Shawn Joseph. Taking her cues from a local public school parent (for … Continue reading Ignore the Righteous Haters, Dr. Joseph, Because I’ve Got Your Back

#OneDistrict

Nashville’s education landscape is as fluctuant as the topography of the great state of Tennessee. From the 1962 historic merging of city and county to Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools’ 1998 declaration of unitary status, forever ending busing, Nashville has seen no shortage of movement. But the community’s cyclical activity of the last fifteen years serves as a cautionary tale replete with lessons and warnings. Continue reading “#OneDistrict”