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Comment Archives: stories: News: Cover Story

Re: “As students and parents opt out of their zoned schools, will the system entice them to find their way back?

As a member of the Lockeland community with an upcoming 5th grader, I question the validity of Susan Hawes’ accusation that those of us who choose a middle school other than East Nashville Magnet are racially motivated to do so. The possibility of such is worth exploring, but there are many factors that inform school choice.

Four years ago, when my daughter graduated from Lockeland (which at the time was about 50/50 African American and Caucasian), she was lottery-selected for a magnet school which feeds into MLK. At that time, we were challenged for our decision to send her there rather than East. Other families had the same experience. It was a divisive and stressful time for a community that is so close-knit. Unfortunately this year is no different.

We are considering three schools that we feel would be the best fit for our son. At all three schools he would be in the racial minority (at 22.6%, 26%, and 38.5% according to the 2013-2014 TN State Report Card). Some Lockeland parents are considering East as well as these schools and others.

The only information given about East in the article concerned income (more than a third of the students are low income) and race (3 of 4 children are African American). East is also a thriving magnet (not neighborhood) school, which boasted 100% graduation rate last year. Seats are highly coveted with hundreds of students are on the waiting list every year.

By choosing a school other than East for my son, his seat will be filled by a student eager to attend, whose presence at East may benefit the school community in numerous ways – perhaps a low-income, African American student whose academic abilities and leadership skills exceed those of my middle-class, white child.

Posted by LisaVC on 12/26/2014 at 2:07 PM

Re: “For a teen’s impulsive, unthinkable act, Cyntoia Brown got an adult’s life sentence. Was justice served?

BOBSGUNS I THINK YOU SHOULD HAVE KEPT YOUR MOUTH SHUT! I am from a country that we do not speak English and I fully understand Teacher@heart!This is not a spelling contest and yes to express an opinion!

Posted by joana on 12/26/2014 at 3:44 AM

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

psc metal.....I think about making a sculptor out it....Give people some to talk about...This is Nashville.....and the Titans...ain"t doing...

Posted by Helen Lewis on 12/25/2014 at 4:23 PM

Re: “Murfreesboro was outsmarted by a bucket, a man humped an ATM, plus more strange and downright stupid behavior from 2014

Hey Committee of Inbreds!

Be careful what you put in writing. It just might come back to haunt you, much like it is for MNPD and DA's office....

Yoyo Moi, keep following your gut!!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!

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Posted by David Chase on 12/25/2014 at 2:40 AM
Posted by Longtime reader on 12/24/2014 at 9:16 PM

Re: “We commemorate the many irreplaceable figures we lost in 2014, whether they were known to millions or only to a lucky few

Not sure whey Music Row Magazine omitted Teddy Bart.

Teddy, who was David "Skull" Schulman's protege, turned author with the 1970 publication of Inside Music City USA, one of the first books written about Music Row personalities.

Nashville authors best remember Teddy for allowing us to promote our books through his interviewing us on The Noon Show while national audiences will best remember the multi-faceted Bart for his brief stint with The Nashville Network.

Stacy Harris
Publisher/Executive Editor/Media Critic
Stacy's Music Row Report
http://stacyharris.com

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Posted by Stacy Harris on 12/24/2014 at 7:33 PM

Re: “We commemorate the many irreplaceable figures we lost in 2014, whether they were known to millions or only to a lucky few

Rest in power Gizzy, sorry I never got to meet you.

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Posted by Auntie Warhol on 12/24/2014 at 2:52 PM

Re: “We commemorate the many irreplaceable figures we lost in 2014, whether they were known to millions or only to a lucky few

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Posted by Gary Crum on 12/24/2014 at 2:01 PM

Re: “We commemorate the many irreplaceable figures we lost in 2014, whether they were known to millions or only to a lucky few

Reading them all in one fell swoop is like a kick in the gut.

Nashville has some pretty gaping holes left after this year.

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Posted by AnglRdr on 12/24/2014 at 10:13 AM

Re: “We commemorate the many irreplaceable figures we lost in 2014, whether they were known to millions or only to a lucky few

Sarcastro NEVER says he's sorry. What have you done with the REAL Sarcastro?

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Posted by Satiro on 12/23/2014 at 9:11 PM

Re: “As students and parents opt out of their zoned schools, will the system entice them to find their way back?

"The kids who are scoring well score well anywhere."
Depends on how low you are willing for the bar to go, to be satisfied with your own kids "testing well." Fact is, if a capable, motivated student finds him/herself in a class that is largely populated by other students who have zero motivation and whose apparent goal is to disrupt and distract and derail, that capable student will be disserved. S/he may score higher than his/her immediate peers, but would surely have scored much higher, offered a more suitable environment. My hat is off to the teachers who serve in these most challenging classrooms, but it is a myth to think that the capable, motivated, and possibly high-achieving child can be well served there.

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Posted by keepingMyHeadLow on 12/23/2014 at 12:25 PM
Posted by Sarcastro on 12/23/2014 at 8:02 AM

Re: “We commemorate the many irreplaceable figures we lost in 2014, whether they were known to millions or only to a lucky few

No mention of Dr. Eric Rafesky? Do better next year.

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Posted by Sarcastro on 12/23/2014 at 7:57 AM

Re: “As students and parents opt out of their zoned schools, will the system entice them to find their way back?

@Roy. Great idea. However, as long as this central office / board stays busy undermining, sabotaging, gutting the current academic magnets, there will never by any consideration of opening up a new academic magnet. They already are openly hostile by virtue of bad policy to the ones we have.

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Posted by keepingMyHeadLow on 12/21/2014 at 1:54 PM

Re: “As students and parents opt out of their zoned schools, will the system entice them to find their way back?

Andrea thank you for being the best reporter in this town. We are blessed to have you.

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Posted by None on 12/20/2014 at 10:21 PM

Re: “As students and parents opt out of their zoned schools, will the system entice them to find their way back?

Thank-you for an excellent article Andrea.

Another case study would be the family of a fifth grader who has just moved to Williamson County. The Vanderbilt study you cited shows a bump in attrition in the fourth grade: could some of these be Meigs lottery losers or those who choose to remove themselves without even taking a chance on the lottery? You would have to ask.

You have noted that parents exercising choice in East Nashville have partially emptied some of the schools there. There is so much free space that MNPS could create another academic magnet middle and high school with no new construction. I suggest converting Gra-Mar MS and Maplewood HS. (q.v. http://goo.gl/akj0Vm ).

The arguments against creating another academic magnet typically cite diversity, transportation and starving the cluster high schools of honors and AP classes, never what is best for the student. The diversity argument is the most insidious: a single, secret complainant to the EEOC says Hume-Fogg fails to meet the MNPS diversity guidelines. I'll wager that the complainant simply wants a spot for their eligible child, wouldn't we all? Your article points out that Nashville itself fails to meet the MNPS diversity criteria and it will until many, many more wealthy white families move to Williamson County. Hume-Fogg looks just like Nashville; they are just luckier in lotteries I guess.

You have an exciting year ahead of you: the magnet school lotteries, the East Nashville choice plan, the hiring of a new schools director and the Mayoral election. Stay on top of public education Andrea. Thanks for being there for us.

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Posted by Roy Wellington on 12/19/2014 at 10:17 PM

Re: “As students and parents opt out of their zoned schools, will the system entice them to find their way back?

"The beauty of living in an urban envirornment is that we are privileged to mingle with people from all walks of life."

Go mingle in a housing project in the early A.M.

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Posted by Modern Elmo on 12/19/2014 at 9:52 PM
Posted by Modern Elmo on 12/19/2014 at 9:50 PM

Re: “Is Orthodox Jewish gun dealer Bill Bernstein an obnoxious right-wing agitator or a lovable curmudgeon? Either way, he's a progressive's worst nightmare.

I have lived next door to the Bernsteins for years. And the comments about Bill being a racist ( I am white & my husband is black while other close neighbors are Greek and S. Korean) are quite comical. It truly goes to prove that people make judgement calls based on pictures, handles, avatars and quotes. This family, though shy in the beginning, is very kind, hardworking & selfless. We couldnt ask for better neighbors.

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Posted by Shawnee on 12/19/2014 at 2:44 PM

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