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Re: “Parents rise up against Jesse Register's top-down plans to transform East Nashville's schools

Yes, Cameron College Prep takes all students in zone, the same zone as Cameron Middle.

Posted by Nashville Person on 09/21/2014 at 6:17 PM

Re: “Parents rise up against Jesse Register's top-down plans to transform East Nashville's schools

Does Cameron Prep take all comers like Cameron Middle did? Or is there an application process and enrollment caps?

Posted by madison tn on 09/21/2014 at 10:29 AM

Re: “Parents rise up against Jesse Register's top-down plans to transform East Nashville's schools

The students at Cameron College Prep is a zoned, charter school. Its student population comes from the same attendance zone as Cameron Middle's did. The only difference is that it is now run by LEAD Public Schools rather than MNPS. See here for more information: http://www.tn.gov/education/schools/docs/TN_Frst_CS_Convers_Rep_13.pdf

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Posted by Teacher on 09/20/2014 at 2:08 PM

Re: “Parents rise up against Jesse Register's top-down plans to transform East Nashville's schools

Diatribean, if the students in Cameron Middle are a whole different set of students, then the increase in test scores doesn't mean the school is any better, only that this particular cherry-picked set of students does better.

This is yet another attempt to destroy public schools, and here's the evidence: charters are given much more freedom in making decisions, but public schools are not. The public schools are under the direct control of the School Board and are having problems. The charters, on the other hand, aren't operating under those constrictions.

If the freedom the charters are given is supposed to provide increased quality, then why not provide the same opportunities for the staffs at the public schools? Why are their hands tied?

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Posted by madison tn on 09/20/2014 at 12:24 PM

Re: “It's baa-ack! Mayor Dean revives the hotly debated Gulch pedestrian bridge — with a new angle on financing

Who pays for actual city services for all the additional residents and businesses in an area while Metro only gets the tax equivalent of vacant lots? TIFs drive up the tax bills for everyone who do not have a protected status on their property. Metro has to provide police, fire, public works, streets, and other actual services to thousands of more residents while getting tax revenues from before the expansion. Plus MDHA itself gets some of the money for "administering' it all.

Anyway, isn't all this tax revenue already spoken for with the convention center and hotel projects?

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Posted by Moost on 09/19/2014 at 11:25 AM

Re: “By cutting experienced prep sports reporters, The Tennessean may be losing its only chance for positive views of minority youth

"If one wants to find out about the impact of deindustrialization and plant closures in a town, then examining the internal stability of a prep football team can help to understand this context."
Even though it's just a guest column, someone at the Scene should have intervened.

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Posted by Henry Walker on 09/18/2014 at 4:25 PM

Re: “Parents rise up against Jesse Register's top-down plans to transform East Nashville's schools

As I have said before, but deserves repeating, this program is NOT school choice, it is school chance. The supposed better schools get filled by matter of lottery.
Then the question becomes 'do we abandon those with little to no parental involvement to the staus quo, and that being "under performing schools"?
Novel idea: why the hell not just improve the performance of ALL these schools instead of throwing up your hands and going all quit city on your job, Register?
I fear the answer will be either total bovine scat or a blank stare!

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Posted by Jim Collins on 09/18/2014 at 2:32 PM

Re: “Parents rise up against Jesse Register's top-down plans to transform East Nashville's schools

Lyda, I don' t know the answer. Why the comparison? Are the students in the reconsituted school doing demonstrably better?

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Posted by Diatribean!! on 09/18/2014 at 1:29 PM

Re: “Parents rise up against Jesse Register's top-down plans to transform East Nashville's schools

Are the students at charter Cameron College Prep the same students who attended public Cameron Middle School

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Posted by Lyda Phillips on 09/18/2014 at 12:34 PM

Re: “By cutting experienced prep sports reporters, The Tennessean may be losing its only chance for positive views of minority youth

Another nail in the coffin for the Tennessean. A once great newspaper is now a cover for the USAToday. They have remained profitable on the backs of their past history. But I predict Nashville will be without a daily paper within 5 years.

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Posted by Joe White 1 on 09/18/2014 at 10:01 AM

Re: “By cutting experienced prep sports reporters, The Tennessean may be losing its only chance for positive views of minority youth

That's interesting. A lot of mumbo-jumbo words in there, but interesting once I got through the educational-industry B.S.

It also assumes that Tennessean writers were writing, or could have written, such incisive pieces that seek to merge commentary on sports with social, political, economic or historical issues; I don't know that that is the case, nor do I know that it should be the case.

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Posted by Diatribean!! on 09/18/2014 at 9:36 AM

Re: “Parents rise up against Jesse Register's top-down plans to transform East Nashville's schools

You can raze a school and it will not longer be under-peforming. However, those children who underperformed will remain. That's why this is akin to shuffling deck chairs on the Titanic.

Here's a thought - move principals, administrators and teachers around (or out). There are a lot fewer of them and they are adults who work for you.

Try to avoid hiring and retaining those teachers who are dealing drugs; that really lowers parent confidence.

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Posted by Diatribean!! on 09/18/2014 at 9:29 AM

Re: “Woodland Hills and the problems of running a detention center like a learning facility — or is it the other way around?

My thing is What in the Hell is going on.. There at Woodland Hills.. It is not Learning...... Be Accountable... This should't have not Happen.. If Woodland Hills.. was about Safety & Security .. 1 .. At 11:pm at night No students should not be out.. of the Cells..at that time .. Everyone Down for the night at 9:00 pm... Be Accountable. Safety & Security should Always Come 1st Before Any Thing!

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Posted by J.T on 09/12/2014 at 7:35 AM

Re: “Woodland Hills and the problems of running a detention center like a learning facility — or is it the other way around?

I worked at Woodland Hills (WH) as a mental health therapist through the contractor the state utilizes for mental health services. A few thoughts:
1. These are not "troubled children": one must have THREE FELONIES to get into WH.
2. There remain significant gang issues at WH that DCS does not appreciate as part of the problem.
3. The loss of Taft is a major issue. It was the "harder core" Youth Development Center that caused fear in some residents if threatened to go there, and a place to send those youth who were definitely dangerous to staff and population. Without Taft, WH and the other two YDCs have no place to send difficult youth who have no intention of changing.
4. Youth are savvy . . . most learn what they must do to play the game and "work their program" to get out . . . without really amending their thinking and acting.
5. Former commissioner Viola Miller did not help the YDCs by closing group homes that were used to step kids down from the YDCs. Going from most to least restrictive facilities before being released gave the youth a tangible goal.

I am confused by local news reports stating that the youth cannot be locked up in their rooms. When I worked there, it was a standard practice for each resident to be placed in his room at "lights out" behind a door with an electrically operated lock controlled by a CSO (Children Services Officer) in an office on the dorm. Once in a room, no youth could come out without the CSO opening the door. If the situation has changed and this mechanism for keeping youth in their rooms no longer exists, then there is little possibility for safety.

Finally, the facility has almost always been understaffed, staff is paid abysmally for what they have to do, and it is a "corrections environment." You cannot have therapeutic change in a prison-like setting, thus, WH is a "junior prison" for those up to age 19.

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Posted by Luckyforward on 09/12/2014 at 7:33 AM

Re: “Woodland Hills and the problems of running a detention center like a learning facility — or is it the other way around?

A few years ago I had a friend that taught English at the state prison. He remarked one day that, "teach a rapist to read and you still have a rapist, only now he can read". He never thought there was any positive "changing" going on out there. I had some experience with the facility when it was "Jordonia"and never saw any thing that would make me think a kid getting out was any better suited to citizenship than when he entered.

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Posted by Illuminati Choice 1 on 09/10/2014 at 5:01 PM

Re: “Can little-known Democrat Lenda Sherrell succeed where Jim Tracy failed against Scott DesJarlais?

For me Tracy lost it in his commercial.....His make-up was clearly two toned. kind of like a ole Stubaker...Integrity, was his message.....A Statesman should look long and hard before applying his wax seal.......to the WORD integrity. it is clear Tracy didn't look himself in the mirror.Ingretity was not emitted in the ad..

Posted by check it low on 09/09/2014 at 5:55 PM

Re: “Riding the Amp route with MTA regulars puts the need for the project — and its drawbacks — in perspective

Here is the answer that would be greener, cheaper, and not impede on street traffic. TEDx also has other great ideas that will be never be considered by the likes of knuckle dragger Dean.

http://designmind.frogdesign.com/videos/on-stage/tedxkc-frogs-jared-ficklin-on-flying-cars.html

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Posted by Smarter than Dean on 09/09/2014 at 1:08 PM

Re: “After a local group's failed purchase attempt, the daily looks to be with Gannett for a while

Bezos bought the Washington Post for a little over $200 million. The Gannett properties here aren't worth anything like that. Gannett should have taken the money because the next offer will be for a lot less. They will eventually sell because the jig's up, the writing's on the wall, the fat lady is a hollerin', plus a few more similar cliches.

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Posted by Print Junkie on 09/04/2014 at 2:57 PM

Re: “After a local group's failed purchase attempt, the daily looks to be with Gannett for a while

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Posted by FU TN'N on 09/04/2014 at 1:51 PM

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