I was fortunate enough to be walking into this past week’s MNPS State of Schools speech at the same time as Fall-Hamilton ES principal Matthew Portell. If you are unaware of the incredible work that Portell and his staff at Fall-Hamilton ES… Read More ›
Month: March 2018
A NASHVILLE EDITION OF O’HENRY’S “THE CACTUS”
This week, Nashville lost another one of those characters who made the city a truly special place to reside. Peter Pressman was known as the “father of Nashville’s running community” for good reason. Anyone who has ever run any organized race… Read More ›
THERE IS NO CRAZY LIKE NASHVILLE CRAZY
The focus of Nashvillians’ involvement in education issues continues to be centered around MNPS budget issues. This week, Dr. Joseph managed to assuage some of those concerns, at least in the short term. We’ll get into details in a minute, but… Read More ›
A MNPS BUDGET PETITION IS CREATED
In a post earlier in the week, I poised the question of whether or not this year’s budget process was more chaotic than in previous years. I still don’t know the answer to that question, but I do know that none… Read More ›
PASSION IS RUNNING HIGH
Starting with this week’s post, I’m going to make some changes to how I distribute these posts. Previously I have posted links in various neighborhood groups across the city. While the response has been overwhelmingly positive, as of late I… Read More ›
TIGHTENING BONDS WITH THE TRUTH
After Tuesday’s board meeting, I originally meant to write a post on Wednesday. I intended to call the piece “Lies my Superintendent told me.” But, as so often happens, events kept unfolding, making the title and the piece feel a… Read More ›
ANYBODY GOT A FLASHLIGHT?
The Metropolitan Nashville Public School District continues its annual budget process tomorrow. Things kick off at 4pm with a budget finance committee meeting, followed at 5pm by a regularly scheduled board meeting, followed by a public comment session to hypothetically… Read More ›
IS IT REALLY EQUITABLE?
A legend tells of a French monastery known throughout Europe for the extraordinary leadership of a man known only as Brother Leo. Several monks began a pilgrimage to visit Brother Leo to learn from him. Almost immediately, they began to… Read More ›
BUDGET, BUDGET, WHO’S GOT THE BUDGET?
For about two weeks now, when district leadership announced that as part of the impending budget process they were going to change the formula for Title I distribution, I have been deeply immersed in learning about how our school budgets… Read More ›
THESE FEET WERE MADE FOR WALKING
I’m going to start off with some disclaimers before we get rolling this week. First, in a recent blog post, I cited the per-pupil Title I allocation by MNPS as being $485 when it is actually $491. That number is… Read More ›