Nashville School Board Members Wanted to Raise Property Taxes, Despite Past Excessive Spending

  Metro Nashville School Board members will not ask voters to raise property taxes this year, as some people expected, said board member Fran Bush (pictured above). This, because of a decree county officials put out Monday, Bush told The Tennessee Star. “It’s too late to submit the resolution. This…

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Big Problems Reportedly Found with Metro Nashville Public Schools’ Spending

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There are reportedly problems with the Metro Nashville Public Schools’ spending habits, according to Nashville Public Radio. “Last month, the district claimed victory when an audit found most allegations about its vendor contracts were ‘unsubstantiated.’ But those findings have been clarified in a revised audit,” according to Nashville Public Radio. “Now…

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Nashville Metro School System Reportedly Has More Morale Problems

More problems are reportedly unfolding at the Metro Nashville School System, according to various reports. According to The Tennessean, more inquiries into Nashville’s school spending are likely. “Board member Amy Frogge said during a Tuesday night board meeting she has plans to craft a motion outlining next steps to address further…

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JC Bowman Commentary: Let the Committee Decide

How did a system designed to provide government of, by, and for the people devolve into a system in which bureaucrats unaccountable to voters produce masses of law that was never voted on by an elected official?

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Report: Nashville Schools Director Shawn Joseph Gave Favored Company No-Bid Contract

A software company got a no-bid $1.8 million contract, courtesy of the Metro Nashville Public Schools and, more specifically, Director of Schools Shawn Joseph, according to NewsChannel 5 of Nashville. Joseph, according to the report, had already done business with this company, the Utah-based Performance Matters, in the past. In…

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JC Bowman Commentary: A Few More Thoughts on Testing in Tennessee…

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All stakeholders want to get testing right.  However, the emphasis on testing misses the bigger issue:  student academic growth measured by flawed testing.  Then the results being used in educator evaluations.  This is certainly more problematic to educators than the actual tests themselves.

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JC Bowman Commentary: Testing is Open for Debate

Professional Educators of Tennessee raised the issue on Testing, with a hard-hitting editorial called the Trouble with Testing. Professional Educators of Tennessee did NOT support the use of that data on teacher evaluations, nor did they sign a support letter on the original grant submission., which the Tennessee Education Association did.

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Metro Nashville Public Schools Director Makes $285,000 Per Year, Has Outside Consulting Business, Taxpayer Provided Car, and Much More

Shawn Joseph

Metro Nashville Public Schools Director Shawn Joseph has a pretty sweet arrangement with his employer, according to his four-year contract, which began in 2016. He makes $285,000 a year. That salary, all courtesy of taxpayers, will never decrease — but it could increase. Joseph’s contract clearly states he must devote…

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Metro Nashville Public Schools Administrator Accused of Sexual Harassment

An administrator with Metro Nashville Public Schools has been put on paid administrative pending an investigation into charges of sexual harassment. Moreno Carrasco, executive officer for priority schools, received a letter from employee relations last week citing “accusations of harassment committed by you towards female staff members at MNPS.” The…

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