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

I wonder if something like an ELL academy has ever been tried-- I think it's silly to put a junior in an English-speaking world history class as an immersive experience.

Maybe allowing ELL students an opportunity to learn English, and to not fall much further behind in their studies might be something worth looking into.

Posted by AnglRdr on 10/20/2014 at 1:07 PM

Re: “Can the people Nashville hopes to attract afford to move here? And can the residents who made it desirable afford to stay?

I think there is good and bad in this trend. After buying a home in East Nashville over a decade ago, and dealing with the good and the bad of living there, I found that I seemingly wasn't cool enough to live there anymore. All the quirky, creative and low budget appeal of the place is gone. It's turning into just another trendy neighborhood with high prices and corporate owned hot spots. Sure, there are some individually owned hold outs like Pied Piper and The Edgefield Sports Bar but the area has lost the cozy feeling of individuality that some of us loved. Economically it's great. People are making money and a part of the city that was long neglected is getting a facelift. Kudos to the urbanites now making it home. For us it meant that we could sell our house for double what it was purchased for and pay cash for a home in the country. We gave up city living but we've gotten away from the huge weekend influx of people that meant traffic and the inability to get in to eat at any of the cool restaurants we used to enjoy. We did what a lot of other long time Nashvillians are going to do, cash out and flee.

Posted by Christey Gibson on 10/20/2014 at 9:55 AM

Re: “Why Lap Dances In Nashville Are Illegal But Group Sex Isn’t

I'm a stripper at De Ja Vu . I've neen dancing off and on sincd age 18. The rules are so strict the money is just not like it used to be :/.. Alot of the rules are rediculous.

Posted by magickdancer89 on 10/20/2014 at 8:44 AM

Re: “Behind the Amendment 1 vote on abortion rights lies a tangle of case law, confusion and conflict

Amendment 1 is an attempt to undermine the Supreme Court ruling that gives a woman choice. To let state politicians (ANY politicians) make these personal decisions for us is ludicrous. As I suspected, far right religious loons are pushing for the passage of this legislation, which is by itself grounds for opposing it. But, it is common sense in the end that must prevail, demanding a resounding no vote. No politician has the right to stick his or her nose into something that is so personal to us. I am not comfortable with abortion, but I am terrified of government. Choice is freedom. Any attempt to control it is a step back into the darkness.

Posted by Bob Flournoy on 10/19/2014 at 4:52 PM

Re: “A Nashville woman battles a three-year legal ordeal — on charges of neglecting a child she didn't know

Why does District Attorney Glen Funk let his subordinates get away with this garbage? Sounds like more of the same.

Posted by DrewJ on 10/19/2014 at 3:35 PM

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

The keyword that I missed is illegal or legal.
There is a big difference. Most illegals work for cash. They take manual labor jobs that previously were taken by the uneducated or untrained people. Now those people live off the government and do not find it necessary to work.
Sometimes I dream of what it would be like to sit home and watch Jerry Springer and impregnate women on the weekend without responsibility! My only worry would be to check online to see how much was left on my ebt, SNAP, section 8, job training program and other benefits. I dowouldnt have to worry about medical, just go to the clinic or any emergency room.
But alas! thats out of the question, I'm too busy working and paying 38% Federal Tax rate.

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Posted by Rickrak on 10/19/2014 at 11:00 AM

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

Thanks to Susan Norwood for mentioning something that is one of the worst condemnations of MNPS in this article: the fact that Metro teachers, like the one teaching the World History Class, have too many students ( He had 35!)!!!!! Until MNPS concentrates on fully staffing these classes, there will never be success. Take some of those "life coaches", "literacy coaches", "graduation coaches" and some of Dr. Register's henchmen and give them CLASSES to teach!! I could hardly finish this article, thinking about the students who are forced to take tests they cannot pass and knowing that teachers will possibly be losing their jobs because of the low grades these students will make. It's like reading about life in the "twilight zone", except that these are real people and real situations, and real sorry conclusions! Shame on all who are allowing it to happen!!!

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Posted by appdancer on 10/18/2014 at 10:40 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: “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: “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: “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: “As Nashville's immigrant population grows, Metro public schools are straining at the seams

It's true, having friends that speak your native language makes it very difficult to learn English but enduring constant remarks and "jokes" about the way you speak English is something you never forget. The confidence it takes to speak a new language is remarkable. These kids learning English despite the odds shows more courage than most adults I know have.

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Posted by Brendita Diaz-Flores on 10/17/2014 at 3:27 PM

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

Anon had it right at 2:47 - that projected growth is a million in the Middle Tennessee region, not just Nashville. Projected growth in Davidson County by 2040 will be around 200,000, with no single ethnic group in the majority countywide. I'm with the Metro Planning Dept., a closer look at NashvilleNext is available at nashvillenext. net.

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Posted by Craig Owensby on 10/17/2014 at 2:00 PM

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

Remember when yoyo would publish all his racist screeds under the name yoyo moi? What happened to that? Did he tire of the infamy? He used to revel and preen in being a pariah. I guess he must have gotten his feelings hurt. (Who would be so cruel?) It would suck to always be the geek in the crowd. Should you expect anything different though when you devote your life to being a troll?

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Posted by JohntheRevelator on 10/16/2014 at 11:25 PM

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

"But learning English is hard work" - probably the best line of the article.

Not everyone is cut out to be proficient in two languages. This is especially true after you've hit middle school.

More power to these people who are looking to make better lives for themselves and who put in the time and effort to assimilate and learn the language.

It saddens me that Xeyli has a couple sentences in the article, and one is a backward swipe at a airline worker's possible racism. Sad that Xeyli has yet to fully comprehend that it's not racism just because you don't get special treatment. Shit, it was an airline FFS. Everyone gets treated poorly. Learn that lesson, and you well on the road to becoming a Real American (like Jack Swagger).

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Posted by Diatribean!! on 10/16/2014 at 3:56 PM

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

Here ya go,,,,,,,,another attack on those bad ole white Americans.
Why don't you quit being so,,,so,,,white. Why don't you quit being so American and conducting your daily conversations in English. Can't you see that we are here now and you need to change and accommodate us. We've already taken your jobs so ya might as well move over and let us have your schools as well. And while you're at it could ya get rid of all those teachers who don't look like us so our kids will feel more comfortable here. You might want to rethink this language thing to.By 2026 our population will have grown to the point that we will be totally in charge of all government offices then we will pass laws making it illegal to speak English in Tennessee. Better get those spainish books out and get cracking. It'll come in handy to. When our little bastards breeze through your school system without an education and can't get work, you'll need to understand when they knock on your door with a gun in their hand and tell you to get on the floor or get you ass shot.
My God, when I think of the blood that was shed for our nations freedom and then we have Libtards like you writing trash like this and elected officials with the morality and mind set of a street walking 2dollar whore it makes me glad that our forefathers aren't here to see this.

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Posted by OIChowitis on 10/16/2014 at 3:40 PM

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

Arabs are Caucasians since they have the same origins as Europeans. It's also important to note that Caucasians evolved in the Middle East (near the Caucasus, north of Iran).

The ''Caucasians'' include: Arabs, North African (Berbers), Iranians, Indian Subcontinental people, Europeans etc. The predominant racial type in all those areas is Caucasian. Even though all these Caucasian groups have some non-Caucasian admixture to some degree (including Europeans) they are still more genetically closer to each other than to non-Caucasians.

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Posted by more cowbell on 10/16/2014 at 3:09 PM

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

Metro requires all of the Middle Eastern kids to use the White category

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Posted by ELL advocate on 10/16/2014 at 3:06 PM

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

"By 2040, the plan expects Nashville's population to grow by roughly a million people."

It's the Nashville region, not just Nashville/Davidson County, which will grow by a million persons by 2040.

"although many Middle Eastern families mark their children as white, for lack of a more specific category."

The Middle East is part of Asia and Middle Eastern families should mark themselves and their children as Asian.

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Posted by Anon on 10/16/2014 at 2:47 PM

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