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Re: “At some overcrowded Nashville schools, the student body is only getting bigger

Eh, it was only a sentence or two. I didn't think it fit the story (nor the facts that followed). I appreciate the reporting; I think it is an important story.

I wouldn't think to tell a journalist what to write about; I'd rather they write about something they know rather than try to expand to something they don't know about.

Posted by Diatribean!! on 11/20/2014 at 4:14 PM

Re: “At some overcrowded Nashville schools, the student body is only getting bigger

Maybe the kids wouldn't look so bad if it wasn't for their "more privileged peers." If Zelinski wanted to call attention to something or someone, find reason and place blame for failure, she should place some of the blame on the federal government and its immigration policies. But the newest progressive fad is to nurture resentment towards the "privileged." Zelinski took a shot and maybe didn't realize it, but she engaged in class warfare. It's bad enough that many minorities mature with at least a small chip of resentment aimed at honkies; Nashville Scene writers don't need to encourage it.

Posted by yoyo moi on 11/20/2014 at 3:20 PM

Re: “At some overcrowded Nashville schools, the student body is only getting bigger

I went to Lakeview Design Center: 141.7% capacity over 40 years ago, and we had portables then also. Some things stay the same only the readers get younger.

Posted by Lori Todd on 11/20/2014 at 2:46 PM

Re: “At some overcrowded Nashville schools, the student body is only getting bigger

Lakeview and Thomas Edison in the top ten will be relieved (by how much I'm unsure) fall 2015 with opening of a new elementary school on Smith Springs Road.

Posted by Jade Swafford on 11/20/2014 at 1:54 PM

Re: “At some overcrowded Nashville schools, the student body is only getting bigger

When I resigned from MNPS to go to a different school system, I was sent the exit survey, but before I had the time to fill it out, my email address was cut-off (about 12 hours after sending in my resignation letter). Maybe they would get better data if they would give people the time to answer their surveys.

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Posted by Former MNPS Teacher on 11/20/2014 at 11:22 AM

Re: “At some overcrowded Nashville schools, the student body is only getting bigger

MNPS needs a better hit rate on the exit surveys.

"What we want to be able to make sure is not happening is a teacher leaving the district because they're not happy and still want to stay in teaching," Cour says. Toward that end, she is beginning to track exit surveys now filled out by roughly 1 in 5 exiting teachers."

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Posted by Diatribean!! on 11/20/2014 at 9:36 AM

Re: “At some overcrowded Nashville schools, the student body is only getting bigger

"For 2014-15, nearly a third of the district's teachers have had fewer than three years in front of a classroom." - Wow.

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Posted by Diatribean!! on 11/20/2014 at 9:34 AM

Re: “At some overcrowded Nashville schools, the student body is only getting bigger

This is a statement made out of ignorance and it is wrong. There are schools in wealthy parts of town with portables:

"They know that this doesn't happen at other schools," she says. "They can sense that this is a little bit unfair."

Why was it put in the article? The statistics in the next couple paragraphs prove that woman's, and her student's, ideas to be false. Will someone drop Ms. Vaugn and her students a copy of this article, please?

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Posted by Diatribean!! on 11/20/2014 at 8:50 AM

Re: “The Most Wonderful & Weirdest, Saddest & Craziest Time of the Year

@Adele The kwanzaa menorah has seven candles. =)

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Posted by elizzmo on 11/16/2014 at 4:14 PM

Re: “The Most Wonderful & Weirdest, Saddest & Craziest Time of the Year

I'm not Jewish but I thought the Hanukkah menorah had nine candles, not seven?

Posted by Adele Maurer Lewis on 11/15/2014 at 6:45 PM

Re: “Attention, Nashville mayoral candidates: Here's a platform of big ideas for building a better Music City

The other major issue you're missing. If we want to discourage driving into downtown, we need to have a comprehensive, safe, and convenient infrastructure for people to get around by bike and foot--it's the key link in a transit system. We can't just have streets built for cars (or buses)

Posted by noranashville on 11/14/2014 at 7:50 AM

Re: “A grieving son finds no justice on Rev. Maury Davis' path to redemption

PLEASE READ THIS CHAPTER OF THE BIBLE AND THINK ABOUT THIS EVERY TIME YOU SEE A MEGA CHURCH OFFERING BOOKS, CDS, PACKAGES, SEMINARS, MEMBERSHIPS, ETC. BASCIALLY ANYTHING ELSE BUT "THE GOOD OL' BIBLE...."


"2 Peter 2:And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make MERCHANDISE of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not."

That was Peter 2:2 and it clearly states in the end times these Mega Churches will rise to fame, and make merchandise based on God's work...... Now what is merchandise? Books? CDs? Expensive Lattes in the Church Lobby? Weekend Classes? Hmmm? Please fellow Christians, there is one book that we need, and it was written by our Lord God and it is the Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth... The B.I.B.L.E.

Again, a small humble Bible Following church will work many more miracles for your soul than any $200,000 jumbo projection and lighting system/coffee shop/bookstore will ever do for you (besides only distract you away from the Lord and The Gospel)

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Posted by Sean Sweeney on 11/13/2014 at 11:43 PM

Re: “A grieving son finds no justice on Rev. Maury Davis' path to redemption

As the Bible CLEARLY states.. "In the end times, there will be wolves dressed in sheeps clothing, and they will MAKE MERCHANDISE of me and the of the word of GOD!" All of you seriously need to get some serious Bible study time in. 1. Yes, he did commit one of the most horrific acts that severely broke God's top commandment. 2. Sure, if you TRULY repent, God will forgive you, but you must accept Jesus and live in his righteousness. This means doing EVERYTHING that pleases God after you repent and accept Jesus. I attended Cornerstone one time with my wife to see what it was all about. I had no idea what Maury Davis did in his past as we just moved to the area from the north. I can tell you that after we attended, we felt sick to our stomachs with the false messages that are spread there along with the forcefulness of all the products, services, and classes/seminars that are advertised on the jumbo projection screen powered by $60,000 HD projectors and an $80,000 state of the art sound system. When we attended, Pastor Davis was out on his "motorcycle tour through the USA" with his son for his son's birthday. The assistant pastor was preaching from the pulpit at that time (don't remember his name, but he walked with a cane) At one point during the Sermon, that never mentioned the name Jesus one time by the way, and never quoted or spoke about any scripture either, told everyone that they should "get out their checkbooks and write checks up to the Lord" and "how important it was to give, even if it was a bigger number from last year". Then during the middle of the sermon, he told us all to focus on the jumbo screen. They played a short video of Pastor Davis joy riding on motorcycles dressed in leather jackets, almost like a biker gang, through some southern state. Then a close up shot came and there was Pastor Davis, he mumbled some words, none of them being really holy or mentioning anything from the Gospel. It wa really about him and his son touring the country on their fancy motorcycles, I guess trying to preach the word in some fashion, that I could not comprehend. None of them had Bibles in their hands, they simply were hanging out at a gas station leaning on their motorcycles. Then the very peculiar and disturbing video ended, and up came some ads for special classes on the weekend for couples, women, teens, etc. all with very convenient package prices for 1 day, 2 day, full weekends, etc. Then the assistant pastor came back on to speak and said he hope we " enjoyed watching Pastor Davis on his motorcycle tour. Then he reminded us to pick up a delicious latte from the Church Coffee shop. Then the assistant pastor welcomed up some former college football coach that supposedly has his own ministry down in Texas somewhere. He was tall skinny, slick, and dressed in an expensive suit. He didn't ever use the words Jesus, or salvation, he carried no Bible nor did he refer to any scripture, and he talked more about his hay days coaching a great football team. Bottom line "THEY WILL MAKE MERCHANDISE OF ME". It's really sad to see what these people are doing to God's people, and how they are using every angle they can to make millions of dollars to keep building this Mega Church up and up all lies, murder, deceit, and all kinds of MERCHANDISE. God clearly states that the wicked and those who come as wolves dressed in sheep's clothing and that make merchandise of me will not inherit the kingdom of heaven, and will burn in eternal flames in the lake of fire. A true Bible believing and Bible following ministry uses all their funds to support missionaries, give to the poor and do social events to both give and convert more people to Christianity and to Christ our Lord. You can clearly see that this Church is going against all of God's wishes and shatters God's commandments every single day they remain as a Mega Church. It is really sad that so many people are fooled into watered down flashy Mega Churches with all a Starbucks in the main entrance and a huge store filled with merchandise. All you need is a Bible and a place to congregate, a basic podium and microphone, and some speakers so that your fellow church family members can hear you preach the word straight from the BIBLE. What more do you need than the Bible? Nothing else. Not a $200,000 sound system, or a $17 million dollar building with amphitheaters, basketball courts, Starbucks, Barnes and Nobles look alike store inside the lobby. This is pure sin and greed at its finest in the end times. A Bible believing church needs seats, a simple pulpit, and a basic sound system. The rest of all the money raised should go to other missionaries so they can continue building more simple churches and converting more people to Christ. Its truly sickening what it going on there. This is coming from a Christian couple that did not know Pastor Davis committed a gruesome murder. If he repented for that crime and God forgave him, he totally washed away all that forgiveness but committed these additional heinous acts of greed and making merchandise of God and his people. I completely agree with the person who commented that if he was truly sorry and did repent, he would not keep telling this horrific story over and over and making the victim's families be subjected to the pain and anguish. He would give away all of his possessions and keep juts enough to support his family with basic needs, he would give all church proceeds to other missionaries in 3rd world countries, he would not go on TV, and he would be HUMBLE and go do prison ministry work or something much more humble than trying to be the next Joel Osteen and make merchandise out of our Lord God and Jesus.

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Posted by Sean Sweeney on 11/13/2014 at 11:31 PM

Re: “Christmas has presents, but Thanksgiving has the greatest meal of the year

AMEN!!!!!! There should be laws about stores opening up on Thanksgiving Day....its sickening American greed and gross consumerism at its worst. Gag...

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Posted by TheTurkeyDeservesADay on 11/13/2014 at 4:33 PM

Re: “Attention, Nashville mayoral candidates: Here's a platform of big ideas for building a better Music City

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Posted by eleasermartinez on 11/12/2014 at 7:33 PM

Re: “Attention, Nashville mayoral candidates: Here's a platform of big ideas for building a better Music City

Start working at home with Google! It's by-far the best job I've had. Last Wednesday I got a brand new BMW since getting a check for $6474 this - 4 weeks past. I began this 8-months ago and immediately was bringing home at least $77 per hour. I work through this link, go to tech tab for work detail

----------------------> www.jobs7000.com

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Posted by eleasermartinez on 11/12/2014 at 7:32 PM

Re: “Attention, Nashville mayoral candidates: Here's a platform of big ideas for building a better Music City

I hate looking at that pile of metal shit along the river as much as the next guy, but please... PLEASE... don't tell me that the reason it should go is because it will allow for development that we can increase the tax base on.
This Administration and Council have done nothing for the last 7 years but give away tax abatements and incentives to multi-million and billion dollar companies that already have little to no tax obligations compared to you and me. They did it for HCA without them even really asking for it (as if HCA was going anywhere else) and then another one yesterday with Bridgestone - another company that had no intention of leaving the city. There is no reason to believe that if we chase PSC out, that the developer(s) and the welfare queens at the Chamber won't get another free handout from the taxpayers after they've bribed the next Mayor and half the Council.
You want to really change Nashville for the better? I mean REALLY change it? End the tax subsidies altogether OR require these companies to prove that they've created good paying jobs for locals.
The rest of the country's municipalities have learned this lesson since 2009 and are clawing back their tax breaks - but there is ZERO discussion of this in Nashville. Fuck the Chamber and fuck the bizpigs! I am tired of paying the highest local sales tax in the South while these country club assholes keep getting a free ride all in the name of "progress". Nashville's culture of Corporate Welfare has to end... yesterday!

Posted by Hammer Time on 11/12/2014 at 4:37 PM

Re: “Attention, Nashville mayoral candidates: Here's a platform of big ideas for building a better Music City

I move that Kosh III immediately begin his campaign for mayor. I would be your first campaign volunteer.

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Posted by Walk Around Nashville on 11/12/2014 at 3:33 PM

Re: “Attention, Nashville mayoral candidates: Here's a platform of big ideas for building a better Music City

Metro teacher here! Yeah, my room is ridiculous. Either hot or cold. No in-between, except for maybe a random week here or there. When students took the all important EOC (End of Course) exam in my room last May, it was around 85 degrees. Students were nodding out. I was not surprised that the English III scores were low. Right now, my room has been around 65 degrees for 2-3 weeks. It's chilly. A more important issue is class size. I teach high school and currently have 185 students. My classroom is so crowded that I can't walk between the aisles of desks. I cannot tell you how hard it is to learn that many names and grade that many papers. If Metro really wants test scores to improve, then hire more teachers and have smaller classes. If I spend 1 minute grading a student's paper, it takes me more than 3 hours on grading per week. I only have 2.5 (guaranteed) hours of uninterrupted planning time per week. I do not blame my principal who is an excellent leader. But, who is setting these policies???

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Posted by Susan Norwood on 11/09/2014 at 8:06 PM

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