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Re: “Metro students are getting course credits from a tiny operation that lets students fill out workbooks without supervision

Sounds a lot like the old Middle College way back in the day.

Posted by porterwiley on 06/10/2014 at 2:19 PM

Re: “Metro students are getting course credits from a tiny operation that lets students fill out workbooks without supervision

@radairj :: At my school, Nashville Academy is the fallback for the kids who manage to fail A+. How they manage to fail A+ I'll never know, but they are guaranteed the credit if they enroll in Nashville Academy. All they need is their principal's approval to enroll. And, with the pressure on to raise the Graduation Stat, no worries there on getting the principal's approval.

Posted by keepingMyHeadLow on 06/09/2014 at 12:24 PM

Re: “Emily Evans begins her quest to add experience to the Metro Council — while shrinking its size

Look at the Planning Department filled with unelected officials, paid by tax dollars, and their obvious bias toward developing at any cost, with the larger interest of increasing the tax coffers regardless of the consequences. This is the kind of thing that has to stop. We cannot have our govt at odds with its constituents.

Emily Evans is absolutely on point with "institutional memory." Council is a starting point for political careers. Fewer positions for longer terms might ease the "cloister effect," and enlarge the perspective for all Council Members. It may also have the effect of enlarging the voices of residents through sheer numbers.

It is not true that one can roll off after 8 years, sit out 4 years and come back. Once you've served your term limit, you're out. Same is true for At Large members.

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Posted by Jennifer Pennington on 06/09/2014 at 11:47 AM

Re: “Metro students are getting course credits from a tiny operation that lets students fill out workbooks without supervision

Just when I think that Jesse and his gang have reached their lowest in academic standards, they reach down a bit more... and then brag that graduation rates have gone up. It's ludicrous and rotten to the core.

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Posted by appdancer on 06/08/2014 at 9:28 PM

Re: “Metro students are getting course credits from a tiny operation that lets students fill out workbooks without supervision

I really don't see how this is all that different from A+? The kids google answers to that as well. At least A+ is accessible to students of all socio-economic status.

Posted by radairj on 06/08/2014 at 6:34 PM

Re: “Metro students are getting course credits from a tiny operation that lets students fill out workbooks without supervision

And this is what's wrong with looking at graduation rate as a singular measure of academic success. A school system can graduate anyone, if it's willing to lower the bar far enough.

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Posted by Min on 06/06/2014 at 11:13 AM

Re: “Emily Evans begins her quest to add experience to the Metro Council — while shrinking its size

She makes a terrible assumption that the new members will have no legislative experience. For all she knows, many of the new members coming in may have legislative experience from either working with the council, being on the council, or working with the state legislature or being a member of the state legislature.

I am also noticing that the conservative members of the council are wanting this. Makes you wonder why?

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Posted by Hmmmmm on 06/05/2014 at 1:40 PM

Re: “Emily Evans begins her quest to add experience to the Metro Council — while shrinking its size

Term limits are based on consecutive terms, correct? If so, nothing prevents a return to service after an intervening term out of office. Therefore the institutional memory is available if it is deemed useful by the voters.
Ms Evans makes some cogent points. However, democracy should be messy, with as little of the aristocracy of established incumbents as possible.

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Posted by localboy on 06/05/2014 at 1:05 PM

Re: “An under-the-radar amendment uncorks a battle of competing interests in Tennessee's liquor industry

It's amazing how so much work was undertaken to bring about a piece of legislation that in effect does absolutely NOTHING. Wine in supermarkets? Sure, just add 20% to the price. On Sunday? Nope. I'll just keep shlepping to Red on Saturday evening and be done with it.

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Posted by box a rox on 06/05/2014 at 10:55 AM

Re: “Metro students are getting course credits from a tiny operation that lets students fill out workbooks without supervision

"They will say to me, 'Can I buy a credit?' Oh, absolutely not. That really hurts me when I hear that, because that's not true. I don't know how something like that gets around," says Warrion. "I guess it's a misunderstanding, because I've seen people turn in books less than what they should be."

Honestly. And she says this with a straight face?

Here's how something like that gets around. When students "enroll," pay up one day, get their credit the very next, and walk across the stage to "graduate" the next. Without that necessary credit, said student could not have walked. If that student finds him/herself in college somewhere the next year, s/he will pay yet more for remedial coursework, because s/he is far from college ready. Nor is s/he anywhere near career ready.

How is it that MNPS hammers down on principals/teachers to tow the line on back-breaking policy, and they turn their eye on this, call it a "principal decision," yet they claim not to be able to provide total numbers of students who have upped that all important graduation stat, thanks to Nashville Academy? MNPS that is sooo data-driven?

Students openly laugh and joke about Nashville Academy, saying outright that they will "buy their credit." Teachers know it, guidance counselors know it, principals know it, Nashville Academy knows it, Central Office knows it. Everybody knows it.

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Posted by keepingMyHeadLow on 06/05/2014 at 10:25 AM

Re: “A new campaign makes headway fighting homelessness, 100 people at a time

I was the poster child for How's Nashville. On May 29 of 2013, The Tennessean ran an article on the kickoff of How's Nashville, headed by a photograph of me asleep in Church Street Park. The photo was shot, and originally published, in December of 2012 when I ended up on the streets for two days. I first read of How's Nashville several months before it began, in an article in The Contributor, of which I was a vendor. How's Nashville was to replace the Homelessness Commission's failed plan "to end chronic homelessness in Nashville in ten years"-- talk about a fatally flawed concept! How's Nashville appeared to acknowledge the EMERGENCY nature of homelessness and promised to address the URGENCY of the situation. For several months, I excitedly anticipated getting in on the program, following the news stories as I awaited its inception. I knew that the fact that I turned 60 in March of 2013 would render me eligible to participate. At the program's outset, I called Will Connelly, the Commission Director, and spoke with him at length. I was temporarily renting a room for $75/week, I explained. I would have to move out in three months because the property owner was selling the home. Surely, that would be plenty of time for them to secure housing for me? Certainly, they would do this for me? Did not my "poster child" photo in The Tennessean draw attention to, and funding for, their campaign? I ended up falling through the cracks of this program-- which was intended to catch people who had fallen through the cracks of every program that had come before. In this case, the crack was a gaping hole: THEY WILL FUND, BUT NOT FIND, HOUSING FOR YOU. A homeless Contributor vendor, with selling the paper their sole source of income, cannot easily find housing by way of traditional methods-- a realtor, an apartment locator guide. The landlords that advertise by traditional means are not going to rent to someone who cannot provide "proof of income" and whose income is assumed (correctly) to be low, and assumed to fluctuate wildly (also true). Homeless people normally also possess a poor credit score, as well as disastrous rental history of slum lords who evicted them. The Commission approved me for their program. They offered to pay security deposit, pets deposit, move-in rent and several months' additional rent to give me a head start. IF I could find an apartment. In the end, I nor anyone else could find anyone who would rent to me. I stayed in motels for a month. Then, I left Nashville, and my Contributor job-- the best job I ever had. I simply had nowhere to live.

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Posted by ReneeAnnastasiaSawyer on 06/03/2014 at 9:58 AM

Re: “Why is the school board's loudest rabble-rouser turning his back on Jesse Register?

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Posted by ffaiaa4 on 05/29/2014 at 12:14 AM

Re: “Why is the school board's loudest rabble-rouser turning his back on Jesse Register?

Pinkston=2014 version of Murray Philip.

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Posted by Throwback on 05/27/2014 at 7:53 PM

Re: “Why is the school board's loudest rabble-rouser turning his back on Jesse Register?

It's disgraceful that the current Metro School Board has allowed Register and his henchmen ( YES! The central office is truly "bloated"! The previous writer was very correct.) to add 50 points to the grades of all Metro students in each class/subject before any grades are taken! And on top of this travesty, they are bragging about the graduation rate increasing by 20 points. They must think we are all stupid! It's an insult to Metro students and the whole Metro community!

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Posted by appdancer on 05/25/2014 at 2:25 PM

Re: “The legendary Don Meyer willed Lipscomb into one of the finest small college programs in the country

Rest in Peace, Coach. You made the world a much better place!

Posted by Canoneer2 on 05/25/2014 at 9:49 AM

Re: “Why is the school board's loudest rabble-rouser turning his back on Jesse Register?

Good job, Will. Maybe we can finally clean up the bloated bureaucracy at Bransford. Schools would be much better off if principals had more control and the central office were dramatically downsized. As all the consultant have said, we need a more decentralized system - which also means more charter schools. Maybe Will will come around to see this truth, as well. Hope so.

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Posted by jeffb1 on 05/22/2014 at 5:16 PM

Re: “Why is the school board's loudest rabble-rouser turning his back on Jesse Register?

Sigh, where's Pedro when you need him? ;)

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Posted by localboy on 05/22/2014 at 12:25 PM
Posted by localboy on 05/22/2014 at 12:25 PM

Re: “The Tennessean's newest ex-writer offers some advice on the way out their door — and into ours

Why would even a new hire that just graduated want to show up daily to be not
given an exciting story or subject to jump on, but given a dull corporate assigned
theme to research and work toward. Unlike our teachers and most Metro Employees
there's no tenure and certainly very little excitement.

Posted by NeverFear on 05/21/2014 at 3:47 PM

Re: “Either Gov. Haslam can decide whether to bring back the electric chair — or he can do nothing and watch it come back anyway

It was my understanding a few years ago Tennessee's Electric chair fondly
referred to as "Old Sparky" had been spotted at some private museum. No
one seem to know how it got there or who had the authority or had sold it.
So, does the state even have one for this discussion? If not, what's the cost
of a shiny new 2014 model or good rebuilt 1939 model. Maybe there's a
backup still available "Sometimes Sparky" that would do OK.

Posted by NeverFear on 05/21/2014 at 3:40 PM

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