Breaking the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Excellence in 37208

Just as Nashville was shedding it’s “It” status and burgeoning as the Bachelorette Party Capitol of the world, the Brookings Institution released a report about Music City USA that sent shockwaves throughout the community. Black men born between 1980 and 1986 in the 37208 zip code have the highest incarceration rates in the country. Let me paint a picture: 37208 known as North Nashville is … Continue reading Breaking the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Excellence in 37208

Breaking the School-to-Prison Pipeline Through Literacy

Two years ago this month, the Nashville Literacy Collaborative, a large group of Nashville’s socio-political elite assembled to announce a blueprint to double the number of 3rd graders reading on grade level by 2025. Currently, 28.8 percent of 3rd graders are reading “on track” or “mastered,” Black students 19.2 percent, and Economically Disadvantaged 15.2 percent. The Collaborative’s stated goal is to double these percentages in … Continue reading Breaking the School-to-Prison Pipeline Through Literacy

Nashville Mom: “Purpose Prep Changed the Course of My Daughter’s Life”

Today happens to be school selection results day and tens of thousands of families spent the weekend with stomachs filled with butterflies waiting to find out if Lady Luck or the Woman Upstairs worked on their behalf.  I vividly remember the angst of those days leading up to Education Fate Day. At the time, my family had fewer choices as charter schools were not an … Continue reading Nashville Mom: “Purpose Prep Changed the Course of My Daughter’s Life”

Nashville Charter School Leaders: #WhyWeCollaborate

Not even this morning’s torrential downpour can dampen my mood. Before reaching (clamoring) for my first cup of coffee I checked my email. To my surprise, the first email is from a group of Nashville charter leaders letting us know they’ve been meeting on the down low for months and now they’re a thing. Charter leaders from the city’s highest performing schools representing more than … Continue reading Nashville Charter School Leaders: #WhyWeCollaborate

Finally, These Schools Can Stop Worrying About Facilities and Put That Energy and Money Into Educating Our Kids

It’s a little-known fact that charters schools are on the hook for their own facilities. Charter schools are saddled with spending a portion of the local and state funding attached to a student — meant for teaching and learning — on facilities. Additionally, charter leaders are forced to spend time locating a building and in a growing city like Nashville, that is challenging and expensive. … Continue reading Finally, These Schools Can Stop Worrying About Facilities and Put That Energy and Money Into Educating Our Kids

NAACP’s Misguided Moratorium on Charter Schools Puts Children Dead Last

Since 1909, the NAACP has been at the forefront of civil rights struggles in the United States, from ending lynchings to securing Black voting rights and ending school segregation.  But its rigid stance on charters flies in the face of reality. Take the ACT college exam for example. On what planet does it make sense for the NAACP to tell a black charter school leader … Continue reading NAACP’s Misguided Moratorium on Charter Schools Puts Children Dead Last

The Dismantling of Nashville’s Charters: A Summertime Strategy Sure to Hurt Most Vulnerable

Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools is a school district of highs and lows; no different than any other urban school district in the United States. Our district is home to one of the highest performing magnet high schools in the country and schools that struggle to teach 3rd graders to read at grade level. Further, there are too few that perform as well as the former … Continue reading The Dismantling of Nashville’s Charters: A Summertime Strategy Sure to Hurt Most Vulnerable