Nashville Voices: “No matter what I had to sacrifice, my son was going to make it.”

Contributed by Teade Tagaloa, a single mother living in Nashville. She works with parents in the Nashville Rise network of schools to improve the education system for her son and all students. In 2005, I had my son and I was terrified. I already knew that, because he was a Black male born to a single mother, society had already put a label on him. … Continue reading Nashville Voices: “No matter what I had to sacrifice, my son was going to make it.”

Nashville Parent Leader Allison Simpson Discovers Her Power, Helps Others Find Theirs

Not all parent-shaming is created equal. As a society, we expect anyone with any degree of wealth to assign their resources to goods and services that will yield the greatest return on investment. In Nashville, in certain zip codes, you might get shamed for attending public schools. Some parents get shade for choosing a school out-of-zone. But no group gets the burden of being responsible … Continue reading Nashville Parent Leader Allison Simpson Discovers Her Power, Helps Others Find Theirs

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

“We Believe Black People Must Seek That Education By Any Means Necessary.”

During the most recent Tennessee legislative session, the subject of vouchers was indeed the star of the show. While the existence and proliferation of charter schools is a hot topic around here, the discourse on using public dollars for private schools (vouchers) is transitioning from slow burn to a full-blown fire. Even though several bills were introduced during the 2017 session, only one passed, but … Continue reading “We Believe Black People Must Seek That Education By Any Means Necessary.”

Changing the Game: 26 NEW Rules for the Ed Reform Debate

Originally posted on Citizen Education by Citizen Contributor on March 23, 2017. Chris Stewart of Education Post and blogger extraordinaire gives us food for thought about how to approach the ed reform debate; and it happens to fits nicely with the March 29th Volume and Light post  “They Planning for Our Future, None Of Us Involved.” Buckle up. The narrative of people who oppose ‘school choice’ is well documented. The … Continue reading Changing the Game: 26 NEW Rules for the Ed Reform Debate

Coffee Talk:”Integrated Schools Raise Achievement That Fuels Social Mobility”

  Coffee Talk with Peter Cunningham, executive director of Education Post and Richard Kahlenberg of The Century Foundation. Originally posted on Education Post 3/16/17. Richard Kahlenberg is perhaps the nation’s leading proponent of the idea that for kids to succeed, schools must be places where families of all economic backgrounds come together. A senior fellow at The Century Foundation, he is also a leading authority … Continue reading Coffee Talk:”Integrated Schools Raise Achievement That Fuels Social Mobility”

The President-Elect’s School Choice Platform Aligns With His Own World of Grandeur

Less than a week after #Election2016, half the country sifts through the psychological wreckage resulting from the unexpected victory of political neophyte Donald Trump over career politician Hillary Clinton. Although the decision to vote for Hillary caused many sleepless nights and her stance(s) on education was sound as whispers in the wind, I was prepared to continue my work fighting for school choice for families in the margins. Hoping that once in … Continue reading The President-Elect’s School Choice Platform Aligns With His Own World of Grandeur