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Re: “Renaming the Napier School Is Finishing the Work Racists Started

The real racism in our current education landscape is upper/middle income white families who take advantage of their privilege in finding a school suitable for their children, while simultaneously shitting on every poor/black/brown family that might want something better for their child than, say, Jere Baxter. These people would never DREAM of sending their kids to these schools, but insist they're "plenty good for those other families, so stop complaining." So please, Pinkston and Frogge and your merry band of followers, make this conversation about race and privilege. It will not go well for you, I promise.

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Posted by TRUTH on 02/08/2016 at 11:59 AM

Re: “Schools across the city face high-dollar construction needs — but where to start?

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Re: “Three Somali brothers from Middle Tennessee have served between two and four years in a federal jail. They have yet to face a jury.

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Posted by phobeduthe on 02/08/2016 at 11:55 AM

Re: “Renaming the Napier School Is Finishing the Work Racists Started

@Waiting: There's a difference between "high-performing" and "good" and both terms are very subjective. But one that comes to mind is the strong-arming of Inglewood Elementary trying to turn it over to the charter operators. It is a good school, but the measures used to evaluate it don't make it "high performing."

I'm not sure when we'll all be able to agree that our evaluations of what schools are bad or good are fairly meaningless, particularly when charter schools counsel out "bad students" and many "good" zoned schools rely heavily on an involved parent base to keep scores high.

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Posted by MNPS Parent on 02/08/2016 at 11:46 AM

Re: “Renaming the Napier School Is Finishing the Work Racists Started

I had the exact same thought about "shitty schools full of condescending white missionary-type do-gooders as teachers" being so parallel to TFA-staffed charter schools. And while I suspect you are right that this name snafu is not overt racism from Martha O'Bryan Center, I think it's clearly an example of another group of white missionary do-gooders not taking time to learn the history and neighborhood, because they are so confident in their own plans and so impressed with themselves, there's no reason to bother with those silly little details.

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Posted by parent on 02/08/2016 at 11:28 AM

Re: “Paul Stanley Crawls Out from Under Rock, Offers Commentary on Durham

"egregiouslyrics"?

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Posted by ? on 02/08/2016 at 11:22 AM

Re: “Paul Stanley Crawls Out from Under Rock, Offers Commentary on Durham

I think Durham should resign, but not because of his affair with that now-former legislator. That's an issue that he and his wife need to hash out privately.

He should resign for sexually harassing women at the legislature, and he should resign for criminally forging a prescription.

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Posted by Perry Aubric on 02/08/2016 at 11:14 AM

Re: “Renaming the Napier School Is Finishing the Work Racists Started

... still waiting ...

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Posted by Can't name one on 02/08/2016 at 11:08 AM

Re: “Renaming the Napier School Is Finishing the Work Racists Started

@MNPS Parent - please, oh please, tell me which high-performing schools that serve kids of color are the ones that Kim and Pierce are shutting down. Please name them.

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Posted by I'll be waiting... on 02/08/2016 at 10:29 AM

Re: “Why Haslam's School Spending Increase Isn't the Best Thing Ever

Looks like JimmyNashville needs a class on the Constitution of the Greatest Country in the History of the World, the United States of America.

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Posted by Libertarian on 02/08/2016 at 10:28 AM

Re: “Renaming the Napier School Is Finishing the Work Racists Started

@ The Awful Legacy Lives On -- oh yikes, you have a typo. Let me fix that for you:

"The work of trying to shut down good schools that serve low-income and minority children continues on today, via Kim and Pierce. Just as wrong-headed and backwards as ever."

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Posted by MNPS Parent on 02/08/2016 at 10:27 AM

Re: “Renaming the Napier School Is Finishing the Work Racists Started

"Black parents found ways—J.C.'s certainly did—because they knew that a good education was going to transform their kids' lives. Every school they started white Nashville found a way to shut down."

The work of trying to shut down good schools that serve low-income and minority children continues on today, via Pinkston and Frogge. Just as wrong-headed and backwards as ever.

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Posted by The Awful Legacy Lives On on 02/08/2016 at 10:16 AM

Re: “Paul Stanley Crawls Out from Under Rock, Offers Commentary on Durham

I agree with Stanley on Ramsey telling the press about the alleged affair. It probably is true, but since she is now a private citizen, there was no point in outing her. It was a low rent move by Ramsey, who is a low class POS. I'm sure the woman has paid the price with her family, now Ramsey throws her right in the media spotlight. He's scum.

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Posted by Biblethumper on 02/08/2016 at 10:08 AM

Re: “Paul Stanley Crawls Out from Under Rock, Offers Commentary on Durham

IF Durham has so egregiouslyrics violated protocol in a criminal way, why has he not been charged? This is simply Benghazi all over again. A smear from the left,no doubt. They're scared of him in the majority...

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Posted by Jim Master Jumbo on 02/08/2016 at 10:00 AM

Re: “Paul Stanley Crawls Out from Under Rock, Offers Commentary on Durham

Bill Clinton can't be expelled from office. He doesn't hold an elected office anymore. So let it go, you pedantic troll.

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Posted by Min on 02/08/2016 at 9:56 AM

Re: “Renaming the Napier School Is Finishing the Work Racists Started

I agree about MOB; I'm not sure they understand what the name change means and I hope they take your post to heart if their application is approved.

One thing you wrote stuck out to me, though and it's at the heart of my opposition to most charters (that is, the chain charters; not the local, one-off charter schools): "shitty schools full of condescending white missionary-type do-gooders as teachers" describes chain charters staffed with unqualified Teach For America members. These are recent college graduates hoping to pad their resumes and "do some good work," rather than real educators committed to the children they are serving.

The fact that charters and TFA are concentrated in urban areas says to me that they're complicit in a new type of racism, a new effort to keep that segment of the population down. It's a real shame. These kids need and deserve REAL teachers who understand child psychology and have had years of training and experience to address needs that are unique to urban areas. If only someone like J.C. Napier could take up the cause for these children...

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Posted by MNPS Parent on 02/08/2016 at 9:55 AM

Re: “Why Haslam's School Spending Increase Isn't the Best Thing Ever

And that is Congress' fault, not President Obama's, JN. The president may propose a budget, but it is Congress that amends and approves the final budget and makes the appropriations.

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Posted by Min on 02/08/2016 at 9:46 AM

Re: “Paul Stanley Crawls Out from Under Rock, Offers Commentary on Durham

"His alleged sexual harassment charges, his prescription fraud are expulsion worthy."

As opposed to Bill Clinton's PROVEN sexual harassments, assaults, lying under oath and cover up which were pass worthy because he's a democrat.

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Posted by jumbo collins on 02/08/2016 at 9:43 AM

Re: “Paul Stanley Crawls Out from Under Rock, Offers Commentary on Durham

Durham's expulsion is one thing, his removal from a leadership role is another. It's obvious confidence in his judgment is comprised, and judgment is necessary in leadership.
As for having an affair, that should be left to his constituents. His alleged sexual harassment charges, his prescription fraud are expulsion worthy.

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Posted by Jim Collins on 02/08/2016 at 9:28 AM

Re: “Why Haslam's School Spending Increase Isn't the Best Thing Ever

The booming Obanomy? I expect a lot more than a labor participation rate on par with Carter for our $9 Trillion in added debt over 7 years. That's over $74,000 per full time employee in ADDED debt since President Obama took office.

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Posted by JimmyNashville on 02/08/2016 at 9:28 AM

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