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Re: “Charter Schools Enter Fray in East Nashville Plan

I have no data on the placement of charters elsewhere, but I do know MNPS and their charter problems. Charters drain resources that current municipal funding creates a desperate need for. Under today's budget abstractions, schools will continue to be deprived of necessary funding to accomplish what is necessary. This I understand is a common strategy charter corporations take advantage of.
My issue is the millions spent on aesthetic projects instead of education in Metro, enriching construction associated business for the benefit of only tourism business and downtown. I have no problem with enhancing the cities image, but not at the expense of education.
As I have said to the point of exhaustion, and at the risk of redundancy, Charters offer help to only a few. If your child is the main concern, that may be enough for you. But I remain concerned for the education of even the least in MNPS, because THAT is the basis of solution for much of our urban problems, and that is the purpose of public education.
Otherwise, separate but unequal becomes the new norm, and that violates all moral and ethical conditions in a free and just society. It is simply a philosophical reasoning.
Plus, because of corporate influence, many local charters are using deceptive means to obtain funds they are NOT entitle to, and to enhance artificially their TCAP scores. That being said, they still are far from being stellar in their performance, which is accentuated by the fact as a rule they lack much of the problems with the student pool that MNPS experiences. Little ELL frustration, discipline problems, and the ability to eject students from their programs for whatever reason. Comparison then is not on a level field, rendering any extra praise they receive minimal in reality.

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Posted by Jim Collins on 10/18/2014 at 9:43 PM

Re: “The Tennessean's 'newsroom of the future' means cuts, turmoil and rock-bottom morale at present

The Tennessean is a sad, sad place to be. As a former employee...the place feels like death...old, worn out, on life- support. Newspapers are a thing of the past. USA Today destroyed good newspaper journalism by eliminating in-depth stories. The "T"ennessean Rex will soon be extinct.

Posted by ballisticbass0219 on 10/18/2014 at 9:18 PM

Re: “As Nashville's immigrant population grows, Metro public schools are straining at the seams

This was interesting to read. All I know is that my students HAVE TO PASS the End of Course Exam (EOC). It affects my entire school's standing. The EOC affects every teacher at my MNPS school. I have a lot of English students this year- 180. Of that number, approximately 32 (8%) don't speak English at home. They are at a disadvantage. It is so hard to help students who are still learning English when I have so many students.

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Posted by Susan Norwood on 10/18/2014 at 8:56 PM

Re: “A former Nashvillian attempts to get around on our public transit, with mixed results

I was born and raised in Nashville, and moved to San Francisco 3 years ago. The last year or so that I lived in Nashville I used the buses a lot, because I wrecked my car and was saving up for a new one. I was fortunate enough to live on Belmont Blvd. close to three bus routes and work downtown next to the bus station. That is the only reason that I was able to make a bus commute work at all. However, one reason that I moved is that I enjoyed relaxing and reading on the bus, and was killing myself to save up for a car I didn't even really want. So, I moved to San Francisco instead where I can use public transportation to get where I want and need to go. It certainly is not always optimal and reliable, but it is 100 times better than Nashville's.

I heard someone make the perfect analogy of Nashville's bus routes. It is like a bunch of spokes without a wheel. If I wanted to go from my neighborhood (Hillsboro Village) over to West End (a 5-10 minute drive) via bus, it would have taken me 3 hours, because there are no buses connecting the two areas. The same went with trying to go to a grocery store on 8th avenue that was a 5-10 minute drive away.

The AMP system they were proposing would be useful eventually, but there are already a ton of buses that run through the proposed route for the amp. Money first needs to be put in to connecting all of the buses the run to and from downtown with one another in a useful manner on the outskirts of town. I should be able to take a bus from 8th avenue over towards hillsboro village and to west end and not have it take me 6 hours.

The current bus system also creates a lot of what are called "food deserts" where poor income communities don't have any kind of reasonable access to decent grocery stores. It would often take 5 hours round trip for someone to go to the grocery store. Since the local markets don't carry fresh produce or many other healthy foods, this is a huge issue. There was a great article about it in that free local newspaper (I forget what it's called) about 3.5 years ago.

Posted by Becky on 10/18/2014 at 8:08 PM

Re: “As Nashville's immigrant population grows, Metro public schools are straining at the seams

I work for MNPS and I know that we have full time staff dedicated to translating important information in multiple languages for parents every day. We have over 40 family outreach interpreters who work days, nights, weekends so that families are able to have help at meetings with teachers and principals, at programs and events in the school, and for workshops. All of them come from our local community, many with degrees from their home countries who are invaluable to schools and families. We have bilingual family involvement specialists who provide many types of workshops - we offer English classes, computer training, parent leadership and advocacy trainings, workshops on understanding report cards, standards, instruction, and assessments, transitions to kindergarten, middle school, high school and college. We have a community outreach specialist with three weekly live call-in shows on Spanish language radio that provide up to date and important information to parents. He answers complex and delicate questions and troubleshoots issues for families every day. We have four bilingual staff at our Customer Service Center, where questions of every possible type are posed, and answered. We work hand in hand with community partners who spend days and nights with us in our schools helping our EL students and families. There's no question that we have work to do so that all of our EL students are proficient in every subject. Our EL department and our schools welcome volunteers to come and read, tutor our students and teach English classes to their parents. You should also know that every year our immigrant students are valedictorians, class presidents, captains of athletic teams, and amazing volunteers in the community. If you want to be inspired and to see Nashville at its best - come and walk into an EL classroom. Kids and teachers are working very hard every day in EL classes across this city. I hope that if you care about our city you will roll up your sleeves and lend a hand. This is work that belongs to each and every one of us.

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Posted by Gini Pupo-Walker on 10/18/2014 at 6:42 PM

Re: “As Nashville's immigrant population grows, Metro public schools are straining at the seams

Progressives/liberals sure are generous and compassionate.
They can afford to be because they are spending other people's money.

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Posted by davidlongfellow on 10/18/2014 at 6:24 PM

Re: “The Daily Links: GamerGate, Modern Medicine and Horror Moview

"Policy holders in some areas were socked with huge premiums when the ACA took effect because of high medical costs in selected areas."

If policies were cancelled that cost $200 per month, and the cheapest policy now available cost $500 per month, and if that policy was only increased 1%, that would sound wonderful - "Average cost only increased 1%," but in reality, compared to the cancelled policy, it sucks.

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Posted by soaringeagle on 10/18/2014 at 5:38 PM

Re: “Charter Schools Enter Fray in East Nashville Plan

Jim, based on what you posted there, it doesn't appear to be any different from what I've seen at my kid's school. I'm sure there's *some* variance in the way individual schools set policies. Now if you have other information about what goes on, maybe I can agree with you. I just don't see it ATM.

I've heard about the inner city charters that have "zero tolerance" policies that expel kids for making off hand weed references aloud, for example, so I know what you mean by too strict. But those schools have different concerns than some tony academy.

Diatribean, yes is the short answer. In my eldest's class one year, the teacher informed us that students in that grade would be grouped based on "learning styles." Whuuu . . . I was the only one to ask for clarification on what she meant by that exactly, and I'm still not sure a year later. The answer was so poor I don't know if she simply didn't know what that meant or she didn't want to elaborate for fear of keeping the parents in the classroom longer so she could go home.

I didn't make an argument comparing safety concerns at certain schools. I stated as fact that some parents at some schools are concerned about whether their schools are safe. And to make clearer, those concerns are in part based on what goes on in the neighborhoods where those schools are located.

Charters are all over big cities. Charters have targeted, either because of law, strategy or philosophy, low-income neighborhoods in those neighborhoods. I don't think I have to connect the dots from there.

Yes of course most parents have a generic concern about safety. But there's a degree of difference that is important to recognize.

Posted by Mark Mays on 10/18/2014 at 1:23 PM

Re: “The Daily Links: GamerGate, Modern Medicine and Horror Moview

The right's new dog whistle - Ebola panic.

http://billmoyers.com/2014/10/17/dog-whist…

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Posted by JohntheRevelator on 10/18/2014 at 1:22 PM

Re: “The Daily Links: GamerGate, Modern Medicine and Horror Moview

Insurance Brokers Key to Kentucky's Obamacare Success

http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/09/23…

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Posted by JohntheRevelator on 10/18/2014 at 1:17 PM

Re: “The Daily Links: GamerGate, Modern Medicine and Horror Moview

Leave it to yoyo and the dailyliar to misrepresent the facts.

..."the vast majority of those receiving cancellation notices have been offered new policies..."

http://www.bizjournals.com/denver/news/201…

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Posted by JohntheRevelator on 10/18/2014 at 1:05 PM

Re: “The Daily Links: GamerGate, Modern Medicine and Horror Moview

"Over 22,000 Coloradoans have had their health insurance canceled by Obamacare in the past month — and 200,000 are slated to be shut down in 2015, the state insurance department announced Friday."

http://dailycaller.com/2014/10/17/obamacar…

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Posted by yoyo moi on 10/18/2014 at 12:12 AM

Re: “Gaile Owens, Free at Last [Updated]

Released? What a Joke

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Posted by Wil on 10/17/2014 at 11:16 PM

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

A year or 2 ago while Davis was building his million dollar mansion he needed to rent an apartment temporarily. His wife filled out an application at a complex where my friend is the leasing agent. When the application was denied due to bad credit Ms. Davis said "don't you know who I am?" My friend said no and explained the policy. Latter that day Maury shows up at the complex and demanded an apartment and again my female friend explained the rental policy and why they were being denied. Mr. Davis in a rant called my friend a "bitch" and stormed out.

Posted by Lee Peterson on 10/17/2014 at 9:57 PM

Re: “The Daily Links: Chemical Weapons, Cheap Beer, and Dudes With Drones

@Real History: So, you're a Neville Chamberlain fan
Bullfeces? Bush took years of abuse and never responded, saying it way beneath the dignity of the Presidency. Compare his demeanor the person now in office whining about anything and everything that doesn't suit his fancy.

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Posted by yoyo moi on 10/17/2014 at 8:16 PM

Re: “The Daily Links: Chemical Weapons, Cheap Beer, and Dudes With Drones

"But now ISIL, sweeping across Iraq, has control of chemical weapons"

That's because Bush and company chose to start a nifty little war that destabilized the region and made it possible for ISIS/ISIL to fill the vacuum left behind.

"The man had class."

Bullfeces

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Posted by Real History on 10/17/2014 at 7:11 PM

Re: “Report: Secret Service Asked Metro Cops to Fake A Warrant

In retrospect, given that this occurred in January of '13, that brings this into a bit sharper focus:

http://www.wkrn.com/story/22251605/metro-p…

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Posted by Adam Wood on 10/17/2014 at 7:07 PM

Re: “The Daily Links: Chemical Weapons, Cheap Beer, and Dudes With Drones

About the chemicals weapons in iraq: So the Bush White House was not lying after all but they were not forthcoming with the findings and in the process took a pounding about the "Lie.". A reason for secrecy, one that trumped disclosure to the public of the stockpiles of chemical weapons, was aired today: they didn't want the Sunnis to know. If the Sunnis knew, and were successful in their own search, surely there would be many deaths by WMDs. Bush took a pounding to save lives. The man had class. But now ISIL, sweeping across Iraq, has control of chemical weapons....

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Posted by yoyo moi on 10/17/2014 at 6:18 PM

Re: “As Nashville's immigrant population grows, Metro public schools are straining at the seams

I'm tired of hearing all the whining about immigrants. Like it or not, these people are here to stay. For all our sakes, let's offer them a hand in learning English and Freedom (free markets, free society, et al) before it's too late. You want to keep America? Get off the damn couch and get to work. We were all immigrants once: America is a combination of principles. And those principles are burning to the ground while those people calling themselves Americans fiddle away.

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Posted by John Yossarian on 10/17/2014 at 5:03 PM

Re: “Cooper Denounces Voter ID in Wake of GAO Report

Welcome back, Gilbert. You have been missed.

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Posted by I'm on a roll. Please pass the butter. on 10/17/2014 at 3:53 PM

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