Okay, which management company currently operating a Nashville charter is fire profit? Next, name all the current vendors for MNPS who are non profit suppliers? How does anyone think all vendors for charters should be non profit while it is okay that MNPS employs for profit vendors? Have you checked the boards of textbook companies?
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.
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.
I think it is about time elected officials started making decisions with Nashvillians in mind instead of tourists, meeting planners, and the modern plantation class (hospitality industry). We need to encourage evil companies to move or open here with real jobs instead of getting all hot and moist over hotels with hundreds of near minimum wage, part-time, and no benefit jobs.
Tear down the current hub-and-spoke bus system and put in its place a working and user-based bus network. Connect all of Nashville to itself, not just downtown. Sidewalks on both sides of every arterial and secondary street in the urban services boundary. Segregating hotel and other special tax receipts from outside of downtown for use on project only outside of downtown.
Working with surrounding communities on transportation systems instead of attempting to dictate (we need to get to jobs in Williamson just as much as they need to get to jobs here). Make a decision on the direction of downtown; is it a tourism mecca or an actual business hub? If we want downtown to be about business then lets pump the brakes on all the tourism events with street closures during M-F business hours.
Slow down the debt issuance. Pull MDHA out of the development business and make them focus on housing. Stop setting up public governance boards to avoid public oversight and sane government wage restrictions.
End the use of government as a barrier of entry for economic competition. Also, quit trying to use gas funds for hobbies and exercise, limit the use to actual transit systems.
And for God's sake, pull stormwater management out from under the enterprise fund and make it a public works priority before the federal government lowers the billion dollar boom on us.
Didn't anyone tell him how good that one high school and one elementary school are? Can't believe he would return to that system while we have two great schools.
I want to know which candidate will take a stand to protect the less crunchy parts from damage so the resale values are maximized.
I would love to read Ronnie Steine's opinions on the subject of incarceration of people after committing crimes. I am sure it would not be self serving at all.
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