Tennessee Law To Criminalize Parents’ Clothing; Literacy Rate Gets Pass

There are no handbooks to parenting your child. I don’t remember reading anything warning me of the morning battles between the first attempt to wake my child[ren] and finally tumbling out the front door. Then there’s a daily storm of school stuff, social situations, health, homework, after-school activities, meals, and life. It’s hard. Parents are blamed for low reading scores and low performance of entire … Continue reading Tennessee Law To Criminalize Parents’ Clothing; Literacy Rate Gets Pass

Squeezing In Another End-of-School-Year Appreciation Week

I don’t know where I’m going with this except that I want to thank those who go hard for children’s education. We’ve celebrated teachers and charter schools; moms deservedly had their day and dads will be honored in less than a month. Surely there’s enough space on the celebration calendar to honor the moms, dads, grandmas, paw paws, Aunt Darlenes, Uncle Alfreds, the Memphis Lifts … Continue reading Squeezing In Another End-of-School-Year Appreciation Week

Is This A Fight to Protect Student Information or Yet Another Tactic to Deny Parents Choices?

Last week, the Tennessean reported that Nashville’s school board wants to keep student contact information to themselves and away from public charter schools. Nevermind the fact that public charter schools are PUBLIC SCHOOLS, and should have the same kind of access other public schools get. Not allowing public charter schools to have the contact info needed to reach out to families is against the law. … Continue reading Is This A Fight to Protect Student Information or Yet Another Tactic to Deny Parents Choices?

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

How We Do Women’s Day on the Hill in Nashville

I had the good fortune of spending Women’s Day on the Hill amongst a great group of women excited about speaking to legislators regarding the issues that matter to their organizations, all targeted toward women and families. We started the day at one of the top law firms in Tennessee with Day on the Hill leadership Joyce McDaniel of the Women’s Political Collaborative and Zulfat Suara, … Continue reading How We Do Women’s Day on the Hill in Nashville

Best of 2016 in Nashville Education: #5 The Memphis Lift and Sarah A. Carpenter

Maybe this isn’t really a Nashville story, but it has some Music City flavor. In October, several Nashville parents accompanied Memphis parents to Cincinnati, OH protest the national NAACP’s ratification of the resolution to place a moratorium on charter schools throughout the United States. Though serving in an official capacity, I couldn’t avoid being drawn into the passion and determination of parents and grandparents fighting … Continue reading Best of 2016 in Nashville Education: #5 The Memphis Lift and Sarah A. Carpenter

#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)

TN NAACP State Conference Sides With Local Families

Chalkbeat’s Laura Faith Kebede writes about the NAACP Tennessee State Conference boldly choosing to stand with local families for high quality choices by rejecting their national leadership’s moratorium on charters. Tennessee NAACP conference president Gloria Sweet-Love echoing my own sentiment, notes charter issues around the nation do not reflect what is happening in our state – specifically, Nashville and Memphis. As I penned in an open letter … Continue reading TN NAACP State Conference Sides With Local Families

Quality Choices and Greater Accountability 

This is a pretty solid USA Today article about the need for more quality choices despite the NAACP charter moratorium. The author fills a small space about the Memphis Lift rally and quotes Lift leader Sarah Carpenter.  The article is centered around secretary of education John King who speaks against “arbitrary” caps on charter schools and in support of greater state accountability.  “When charters perform … Continue reading Quality Choices and Greater Accountability