“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.”

Vouchers in Tennessee? We Will Find Out This Week – 5 Things You Need to Know

Last week I warned you about the perils of charter school season in Nashville (‘member?). Well, this week in the Tennessee legislature, vouchers are on the docket and the battle is on. A message for those (like me) who appreciate all aspects of school choice up to and not including vouchers: you are defaulted to the voucher crowd. Whatever. I am rehashing a portion of … Continue reading Vouchers in Tennessee? We Will Find Out This Week – 5 Things You Need to Know

As Vouchers in Tennessee Breeze Towards Reality, Here Are 5 Things You Need to Know

The prospect of vouchers has floated around these parts for years, but this week we see real progress taking shape at the Tennessee legislature. These government funded dollars will serve as tuition payments for families who want to send their children to a private school of choice.  In Tennessee, vouchers enjoy massive support from the GOP-led legislature (note the 10 Republican-sponsored voucher bills), though the crowd is a unique mix … Continue reading As Vouchers in Tennessee Breeze Towards Reality, Here Are 5 Things You Need to Know

The MLK Day Commemorative March of Today Must Replace Ceremony with Intention

Today, I am not in the mood to march. My former self would have clapped back with brute force at such a selfish statement. Armed with $100 worth of guilt, I would have said “What if Dr. King would have said ‘I don’t feel like saving Negroes today?’” But today is a different kind of today. The black people of yesterday knew their enemy, understood their prospects, … Continue reading The MLK Day Commemorative March of Today Must Replace Ceremony with Intention

Tennessee Has a Real Chance to Advance Voucher Legislation- Thanks Trump

Joel Ebert of The Tennessean reports on Repbulican lawmaker Rep. Bill Dunn’s failed attempts to pass voucher legislation and renewed hope resulting from increase in GOP legislators recently elected.  The legislation allows for students receiving free and reduced and zoned to schools in the bottom 5% based on performance indicators to qualify for “opportunity scholarships” to private schools. I have been agnostic about vouchers as … Continue reading Tennessee Has a Real Chance to Advance Voucher Legislation- Thanks Trump

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