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

Desperately Seeking Good News During Week of Renewal and Hope

Religious or not, it’s hard not to get swept up in this season of renewal and hope. I have needed a change of scenery after spending so much time calling out deficits in our education system and the acceptance of underperformance of students of color that is baked into our culture. Not to mention the stories of faux pas’, war, and death that take up most of the real estate … Continue reading Desperately Seeking Good News During Week of Renewal and Hope

The State of Nashville Schools and the Focus on Students, Staff, and Services

Later this morning (at 10am) Nashville will have the opportunity to hear directly from director of schools Dr. Shawn Joseph as he lists budget priorities during his inaugural State of Metro Schools address. The $902 million budget for school year 2017-2018 has received little backlash, which could mean one of three things: either the district has done an effective job communicating and engaging the public, or … Continue reading The State of Nashville Schools and the Focus on Students, Staff, and Services

“Your Role Is Not To Do His job” From National Urban Schools Leader To Nashville School Board 

Michael Casserly, Executive Director of The Council of the Great City Schools paid a Valentines Day visit to the Nashville School Board to establish an effective evaluation process by which to assess their one and only employee, director of schools Dr. Shawn Joseph. Jason Gonzales of The Tennessean, smartly captured Casserly’s most searing advice “If you start saying who he should hire or which programs he should adopt … the … Continue reading “Your Role Is Not To Do His job” From National Urban Schools Leader To Nashville School Board 

Director of Schools Lays Down the Law and Welcome Mat for Nashville’s Children

Originally appeared on MNPS’ website Monday, January 30.  We have a diverse and wonderful group of students, families and employees at Metro Nashville Public Schools. We welcome anyone from any nation, culture, religion and ethnic background. President Trump’s executive orders on immigrants and refugees have had a real effect on the MNPS community. The President’s actions have understandably caused a tremendous amount of concern for … Continue reading Director of Schools Lays Down the Law and Welcome Mat for Nashville’s Children

#NashvilleEduStory Feat. 2016 and 7 of Its Best (whether I like the story or not)

The days that remain in 2016 are so few they can be best expressed in hours. While never really buying into the whole “new year, new you” craze, within the next 36 hours I’ll be owning it! Then there’s the whole personifying of 2016 as the grim reaper (which is the personification of death?). Yes, I agree that in 2016 too many of the Creator’s best have … Continue reading #NashvilleEduStory Feat. 2016 and 7 of Its Best (whether I like the story or not)

More Nashvillians Coming out in Support of Dr. Shawn Joseph; Disgusted with Negative Media

UPDATED 11/3/16 9:25am Dr. Joseph: Whether you want it or not, quite a few Nashvillians have expressed their support for you and outrage at the lynch mob following granular details of your travel and work habits. These Nashvillians, from all walks of life, are looking beyond the headlines only to find a faulty deck of cards being dealt to our new director of schools. The consensus is that … Continue reading More Nashvillians Coming out in Support of Dr. Shawn Joseph; Disgusted with Negative Media