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Re: “Boom Town Chats: What Does the City of Nashville Need?

"Light rail would be a good idea as long as it does not entirely focus on getting butts to and from downtown. You know, the "for the tourists!" battlecry. "

Light rail is 1st and foremost for commuting purpose. IF tourism benefits, all the more better, but that is NOT the main focus for that mode.

" And we spend more per student than just about anyone else so funding is not the complete issue."

ONLY in the state dynamic. Tennessee and Nashville schools are horrible underfunded. There is a direct correlation between funding and educational results. You are just yelping the standard chestnut of spending too much on education, a morally deficient stand.
And charter school invasions ARE a lurking problem for the future of a totally equal district wide educational experience. Creating a separate but unequal school system is returning us to the 50's, something I remember quite well.
Charters create profit opportunities for handling and supply companies far outside of standard MNPS protocol. I have illustrated this to you over and over, and still you fail to comprehend. THIS is why Elissa Kim was brought to Nashville and her election funding was coordinated. I fear Sharon Gentry has also been compromised.

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Posted by Jim Collins on 07/25/2015 at 6:31 AM
Posted by BabyBoomer on 07/25/2015 at 6:26 AM

Re: “Looney Turns Down MNPS, Will Remain in Williamson County

Well, #1 I don't think any bridge is forever burned. Years down the road, all may be forgiven IF the situation is right.

#2 I really doubt the search firm found the best candidates available, nor did they utilize an open search. Because of the strange way the firm was chosen, I am of the mind that certain private criteria may have been presented to the search firm. Hence their product was less than that which would serve MNPS best.

A new search firm is needed, and decisions need to be made by the entire board and NOT strategically sceduled to serve special interests.

6 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Jim Collins on 07/25/2015 at 6:18 AM

Re: “Boom Town Chats: What Does the City of Nashville Need?

Sidewalks

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Posted by Please on 07/25/2015 at 4:16 AM

Re: “Boom Town Chats: What Does the City of Nashville Need?

I'm with Moost. Light rail or even BRT lite (like Gallatin or Murfreesboro road now where buses are given priority at traffic signals) between the suburbs would make transit much more useful for people not going to and from downtown.

It'd also be great if the greenways could use more rail and interstate right of way like the older existing trails. I'd imagine trails out to Antioch or Bellevue would be popular both with recreational users and commuters.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by twh on 07/25/2015 at 4:09 AM

Re: “Former President Jimmy Carter on a lifetime of service, the Confederate flag and other issues in advance of his Nashville book signing

The Ford v Carter Election was the last one in Amerika where we had a choice between two equally truly good men.
I think Obama wants to do 'real' good, but he does not have a 'deep enough bench' to do so, in that there are not enough good people around him to make it happen. Amerika has been so corrupted by corporate greed and increasing corporate tyranny, that middle class people will never be freer or more economically secure, ever again, than we are this year. It is a different world than the Ford-Carter days. We are on the slide to end of empire, an empire we should have never made, and the fatal error goes back to the Presidency after the election loss of Carter.

Posted by accipiter on 07/25/2015 at 1:35 AM

Re: “Looney Turns Down MNPS, Will Remain in Williamson County

Jeremy Kane won't be the next mayor. He also won't be the next superintendent for two reasons.

As you said, he has a lack of experience with running public schools. A district like Metro is not the place to learn on the job.

The second reason is that he is associated too strongly with charter schools. As polarized as the school board is, they don't need to select someone with a perceived pro-charter agenda.

10 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Brain Guy on 07/25/2015 at 12:45 AM

Re: “Madeline, East Nashville's Laundry Cafe, Shuts Down for Good

Yes, I have been. It felt totally phoney and lame in every way, as most commenters on previous threads and this one seem to agree.

Yes, they clearly know how to get publicity, I'll grant you that, but a neighborhood bar or great restaurant they are not. Maybe they can open a Rain-Forest Cafe or Dave and Busters in the neighborhood too. No doubt they could find one person to defend it.

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Posted by Nothanks on 07/24/2015 at 11:47 PM

Re: “Rum, Punch and Swizzle Add Sizzle to Your Summer

The punch and swizzle drinks at Sinema are fantastic!

Posted by Phillip@SouthernFATTY.com on 07/24/2015 at 10:19 PM

Re: “Madeline, East Nashville's Laundry Cafe, Shuts Down for Good

It's sad to see another great local hangout, such as Madeline's, have to close their doors, but there's certainly no need, NOTHANKS, to disparage other local restaurateur's concept &/or the Scene's decision to write about them. I'm sure you've been to Embers Ski Lodge to have such a negative view of it, but if not, I suggest you go & check it out! They have a great vibe, incredible drinks, and the most delicious salmon spread this side of the mason dixon. I hope Madeline's owners & employees can reopen another awesome concept soon that will survive the increasingly competitive marketplace of Nashville. Clearly, the owners of Embers understand what it takes to increase publicity & run a successful business, as they've done with their other neighborhood restaurant, Mafioza's, over the past 10+ yrs.

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Posted by jackiedtn on 07/24/2015 at 8:25 PM

Re: “To Have, But Not To Hold

This was not merely a murder it was heinous in the fact they mutilated the young man's body.

Posted by Jan Thomson on 07/24/2015 at 7:32 PM

Re: “Looney Turns Down MNPS, Will Remain in Williamson County

I now repeat that I strongly believe Jeremy Kane should be the next MNPS Superintendent. We know he won't be mayor, but he's clearly a smart guy. Lack of experience in public schools? Sure, no arguing that. But he's an innovator and is committed to the cause.

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Posted by West End Millennial on 07/24/2015 at 7:14 PM

Re: “Boom Town Chats: What Does the City of Nashville Need?

Fix the enormous potholes, the always clogged I 24, and always full of problems I 40 by the hermitage, repave Lebanon road,Nolesville pike, Donelson pike,Fesslers lane. Run the Music city star after 6 pm M-F, make a run Saturday and Sunday on summer time

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Marduk-Panzer-Division on 07/24/2015 at 6:43 PM

Re: “Boom Town Chats: What Does the City of Nashville Need?

truth:

Please explain how the city would lose legitimacy if left relocated. And I'm talking tangibly, not some nonsense about how it makes people feel good to have something to root for or how it supposedly looks good. Would Nissan leave town? Would Bridgestone pack there bags? Would HCA say "adios" Nashville? Would suicides rise across Davidson County because of a lack of sub-par football? Please, explain how this supposed legitimacy provides anything meaningful. Because the Titans' presence doesn't provide economic benefits, that's a PROVEN FACT.

Or just admit you like handouts for billionaires or spending taxpayer dollars on private industry with very little and return.

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Posted by No_Handouts_For_Billionaires_From_Houston on 07/24/2015 at 5:49 PM

Re: “Boom Town Chats: What Does the City of Nashville Need?

"And we spend more per student than just about anyone else so funding is not the complete issue."

But what are we spending it on? The central office administration? Hours and hours of testing? Support services for special ed and ELL kids? Not all education dollars are equal. The question is whether the money is being spent to improve the instructional experience of the students in the classroom.

And don't forget capital investment. We have entirely too many school with portables, and too many of those portables are in bad repair.

BTW Nashville's public schools have tons of for-profit competition. You can't swing a stick in this town without hitting a private school.

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Posted by Min on 07/24/2015 at 5:35 PM

Re: “Francis Guess Dies at 69

So very sorry. He was a delight to deal with, even when my job required me to piss off his boss Ray Danner big time. I'm so glad the CFMT gave him the Joe Kraft Award a couple of years go - richly deserved.

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Posted by Tom Wood on 07/24/2015 at 5:01 PM

Re: “Boom Town Chats: What Does the City of Nashville Need?

I think what is interesting here is that almost every poster is concerned with better public transportation. This issue should be the primary focus of the new mayor and Metro council. Only when every citizen of Nashville has access to reliable quality public transportation in some form will this city realize its full potential as one of America's great cities.

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Posted by Charlemagne on 07/24/2015 at 4:52 PM

Re: “Looney Turns Down MNPS, Will Remain in Williamson County

Understood. Perfectly fair.

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Posted by Roger Abramson on 07/24/2015 at 4:31 PM

Re: “Looney Turns Down MNPS, Will Remain in Williamson County

The Tennessean is now reporting that Looney signed a letter of intent a week ago saying he would accept the job if the parties agreed on a contract. So, the search firm at least did their job, getting him to make a written (though not legally binding) promise to accept the job if offered. It's clear in retrospect that he was the star recruit of the search firm's efforts.
Roger, I'm sure you're right about the outpouring of support from Williamson County and the liklihood that Looney really intended to take the Metro job at the time he signed the letter. It's a tough decision and I suppose he did what he thought best for himself and his family. But aside from Metro's wasted time and money, he gave his word and reneged. You can keep him.

7 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Henry Walker on 07/24/2015 at 4:12 PM

Re: “Boom Town Chats: What Does the City of Nashville Need?

Nashville schools have lots of problems but none of them are overcrowding and for-profit competition. And we spend more per student than just about anyone else so funding is not the complete issue. We also are in the top tier for teach pay so that is not the issue. More Metro schools are operating at well below capacity than are operating at capacity. But no one has the balls to close any schools. Something that Memphis had problems with about nine years ago.

Once again for the board, name one single for-profit charter operator with schools in Nashville. Somehow though it has this boogeyman gets brought up by every MNEA member with a keyboard.

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Posted by Moost on 07/24/2015 at 4:11 PM

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