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

For Dr. Joseph It’s All Tricks No Treats

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

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

Dollars and Sense

Rounding out his first 90 days, director of schools Dr. Joseph is on a search and find mission to eliminate waste. Led by numbers wonk Chris Henson, an internal committee loaded with MNPS staff, Metro Government finance staffers and a Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce representative will perform exploratory surgery on the $800 million dollar budget. The committee is also charged with auditing every contract $100,000 and greater. … Continue reading Dollars and Sense

ACT Scores tell solemn story for Nashville’s black students

Metro Schools’ director Dr. Shawn Joseph expressed his displeasure with the college-ready gaps represented by the 2016 ACT scores published last week.  The Tennessean’s Jason Gonzalez reported that the scores of non-economically disadvantaged black and white students were 17.9 and 22.3, respectively. Further, economically disadvantaged black students scored 16.9, while white students in the same category scored 18.5. Achievement gaps are neither new nor unique, however, it still shocks the system … Continue reading ACT Scores tell solemn story for Nashville’s black students

#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”