I spent the weekend thinking about how we do high school in America and for the first time in a long time, I found myself in a space that was 100 percent student-focused. This space also gave parents in the audience permission to dream about schooling made-to-order, rather than a pre-packaged freeze-dried way of doing things way past its expiration date. First, I must start … Continue reading Saturday Night (XQ) Live in Nashville, A Celebration Of Schooling Reimagined
We are all guilty of intensely attaching our attention to the national event of the day. Particularly, in the Trump era. While we are waiting for the next presidential foible, life is on the move. Unfortunately, human suffering doesn’t go on holiday while we are busy devising the best country-saving strategy. While perfectly innocent citizens were being detained across the country in a colossally disorganized … Continue reading It’s Not the Stuff of Hollywood, But the Nashville I Know and Love Deserves Red Carpet Treatment
This woman is a force. And flanked by a force, to boot! First, I must acknowledge my personal admiration for Amy. Our relationship started out as a working one and since my leaving Metro Schools, it continues as one of mutual respect (I think). Because while our platforms on education are as different as our race and sometimes as distant as her west of Nashville … Continue reading Best of 2016 in Nashville Education: #4 Amy Frogge, School Board Member
According to the school board agenda for this week’s meeting, they are voting on a moratorium of any future charter schools in Nashville. Never mind the political agendas at work behind this resolution. The bigger problem is that the agenda from last week gave no notice to the public about the appearance of the resolution. And the text of the resolution itself didn’t appear until … Continue reading Shouldn’t Parents Get a Say Before School Board Blocks Charter Schools?
Permission granted to Volume and Light. Originally posted on Facebook. Friends, On August 3rd, the day before our local election, a document was filed alleging that I, three other candidates for school board, and Stand for Children violated campaign finance laws. I have said that the document was without merit since the day it was filed and today, the Tennessee Registry of Election Finance reached … Continue reading Nashville 2016 School Board Candidates Lose the Battle, Win the War: Miranda Christy
The Metropolitan Nashville Board of Education is making big statements on behalf of the local teachers’ union these days. At Tuesday night’s business meeting, the group of nine voted unanimously on several key items, chief among them are establishment of collaborative conferencing and resolution to oppose use of TCAP in 2016-17 teacher evaluations. Collaborative Conferencing For decades, MNPS staff and teacher union reps battled it out in … Continue reading Teachers’ Union is the Real MVP at School Board Meeting
Dr. Joseph is a wanted man. Yet, he’s making decisions befitting someone who has the luxury of privilege and second chances. Still, to my knowledge, no high-ranking government official in Nashville has been so solidly targeted. Is it charters? Collective bargaining? Did he tick off a board member? All of the above? There are so many questions about the barrage of media attacks on Dr. … Continue reading For Dr. Joseph It’s All Tricks No Treats