Stand for Children gets a whoopin’ from Nashville voters

TC Weber, a local education activist, wrote up a great (opinionated) synopsis of what happened in the latest school board race, and how the no-charters beat the yes-charters:

The results are a clear reaffirmation of the issues public education advocates across the city have been working on for the last several years. What makes things even more special is that this wasn’t a victory by one small group of advocates in one district. No, this was a true grassroots collection of city-wide advocates focusing not just on their district races but on all races. Over the last several months, through social media, these separate individuals from different pockets of the city reached out to each other and banded together across the city for the cause of public education.

Head on over to his blog to read the full piece, which is well worth your time.

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Vote tallies are rolling in, and…

It’s a whooping for charter school advocates vying for spots on Nashville’s school board.

Well, except District 7, where the anti-charter candidate (Will Pinkston) just barely eked out a win with 50.12% of the vote.  That’s compared to his closest challenger and charter school advocate, Jackson Miller, who got 49.14% of votes cast.

In other words, Pinkston beat Miller by just 36 votes.  And that, I tell you, is why your vote matters.

In District 1, Sharon Dixon Gentry won with 55.66% of the vote; District 3’s Jill Speering got 58.14%; District 5’s Christianne Buggs beat her three challengers with 58.25% of votes cast; and Amy Frogge got 63.94% of the vote in District 9.  All of those candidates were against expanding the footprint of charter schools in Davidson County, and each had at least one charter school advocate competing against them.

As of this story, all precincts had reported.  There were more races, of course, including District 1 on the Metro Council.  Nick Leonardo won that race with 57.37% of the vote.  And there were some primaries for state and national offices.  You can find all the results from Nashville on the Metro government’s webpage for election results.

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MNPS selects new superintendent

The board of Metro Nashville Public Schools has unanimously voted to extend an offer to Shawn Joseph, which he accepted.  Joseph was previously the deputy superintendent at Prince George’s County Public Schools in Maryland; he’ll officially start on July 1.

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