Beloved teacher ousted from position at Hillsboro High

Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 7:43pm

Mary Catherine Bradshaw, a teacher who earned a sterling reputation during nearly 30 years at Hillsboro High School, has been replaced as the International Baccalaureate program leader in a shakeup that has led to much criticism of the school and administrators. Sharon Chaney, coordinator of advanced academics at Hillsboro High, will take Bradshaw’s place, according to a news release issued by Metro Nashville Public Schools late Thursday afternoon.

According to those close to the teacher, Bradshaw will be transferred to another school by the end of the semester. Metro schools’ news release doesn't give any reason. It only notes that the teacher will continue on with the school district.

But consult the Facebook page with nearly 1,300 members as of this writing — primarily friends and grateful current and former students — and theories abound.

Sources familiar with the situation say Bradshaw was approached during spring break by Hillsboro High principal Terry Shrader, who told her she'd be “happier” at another school. Neither Shrader nor associate superintendent for high schools Jay Steele responded to interview requests.

Bradshaw’s ouster appears oddly timed, as a record number of Hillsboro students applied to the IB program this year. As well, a record number graduated from the IB program in the 2009-2010 school year — more than any other school in the state. In fact, the Hillsboro cluster offers the only kindergarten-through-12th-grade IB continuum in the state, and it is one of only a few in the country.

Paula Jennings, mother of two Hillsboro grads, said Bradshaw was the reason teachers and administrators from schools around state would come to observe the Hillsboro model.

“None of this would have happened without Mary Catherine,” Jennings said.

Among the many students on which Bradshaw has left an impression was Metro Councilman Erik Cole.

“I would not be in public service, I would not be in politics, if not for her,” he said. 

42 Comments on this post:

By: govskeptic on 3/24/11 at 8:04

This article makes it appear that the entire Hillsboro High School will collapse
because of this transfer. Leaving a good impression on a Councilman is
nice, but doesn't make that teacher non replaceable! While I know nothing of
this particular case I hate to see the School Administration getting a black eye
before there's one word of reasoning from the School Administrators and
actually they're not even required to respond to those inquiries!

By: shocked on 3/24/11 at 8:45

Thank you to the writer of the article for presenting accurate facts. Keep up the good work. Sharon Chaney works in administration at Bransford Ave. and is over all advanced academics in all high schools, not just HIllsboro. Obviously those at Bransford Ave had a carefully timed agenda here. They are scrambling now in reaction to the public outcry in support of Ms. Bradshaw. A teacher who has a proven record of well documented success deserves at the least to be given the choice to leave with dignity rather than deceived due to someone's political agenda. How will MNPS convince the best teachers to accept positions in MNPS if this is the treatment one of the best receives?

By: Capiscan on 3/24/11 at 9:02

You couldn't pay me to be a teacher; get treated like crap by the administration and denounced by politicians.

Thanks but no thanks.

By: richgoose on 3/25/11 at 5:36

Before anyone thinks this is important they must first realize that Hillsboro is a public school. in Davidson County.

Neither the teachers or the students or the administration have any credibility whatsoever.

By: oldhickorytony on 3/25/11 at 5:51

Before anyone makes the mistake of thinking Rich Goose's opinion is important... remember his name is Rich Goose.

This article is a perfect example of public school administrators messing with great teachers and why our teachers need the very few small protections that they have.

Growing up in a family with generations of teachers, it was often a case of the teachers getting merit pay being the teachers that were sleeping with the principal instead of rewarding teachers for exceptional teaching.

By: fdanshep on 3/25/11 at 5:56

Me thinks richgoose likes attention! That broad generalization is so completely over the top that it will achieve just want he is hoping for, controversial responses with his handle atached to it.

By: PhiDelt496 on 3/25/11 at 6:07

Wait, Where is the wonderful union to protect her? How can this happen? Tenure should protect her!

Just more evidence that there is no real reason to get too worked up over ending collective bargaining or changing teacher tenure. They are both farces that do nothing when changes need to be made.

I agree with those that said there are no facts or opinons in this piece. Simply an emotion fueled article without a hint of journalistic integrity.

By: Moonglow1 on 3/25/11 at 6:10

Moonglow1: this is why collective bargaining is important.

By: penner on 3/25/11 at 6:11

Working hard at carving a niche is great and Bradshaw seems to have done that. However, at what cost? Has she carved so far that she's become disconnected with trends and current practices? I suspect so. Everybody's time comes and few are ready to admit the time for change.

By: PhiDelt496 on 3/25/11 at 6:33

What do you mean this is why collective bargaining is important? It is already in place and this still happens? What is the point of collective bargaining then?

By: artsmart on 3/25/11 at 6:36

This is typical with the way things are handled in this school system. Why hide when people are just trying to ask questions. If you are doing nothing wrong step up and answer the questions. I just hope the State is interested in the same accountability from administrators as they are teachers.

By: Antisocialite on 3/25/11 at 6:54

penner said:
Has she carved so far that she's become disconnected with trends and current practices? I suspect so.

There's really no need to suspect penner. It says very clearly in the article:

a record number of Hillsboro students applied to the IB program this year. As well, a record number graduated from the IB program in the 2009-2010 school year — more than any other school in the state. In fact, the Hillsboro cluster offers the only kindergarten-through-12th-grade IB continuum in the state, and it is one of only a few in the country.

Sounds to me like she is helping cultivate those 'trends' you spoke of, but please don't let the facts get in the way of a perfectly good straw man.

By: Antisocialite on 3/25/11 at 7:16

PhiDelt496 said:
What do you mean this is why collective bargaining is important? It is already in place and this still happens? What is the point of collective bargaining then?

I totally agree Phi, but let's not stop at collective bargaining... why not abolish the speed limit, speeding does still happen after all... next we can get rid of our tax code because people still cheat on their taxes... we can go on to the civil and criminal codes, since for some reason those pesky criminals still keep committing crimes.

Sound hyperbolic and utterly stupid?

It should, just like PhiDelt496's original comment.

Regardless of your stance on unions, arguing against them because they aren't 100% effective is asinine.

By: Community-carl-... on 3/25/11 at 7:37

While MNPS administrators were certainly within their rights to make this change, the way it has been done without any explanation to the concerned public illustrates a longstanding and ongoing problem MNPS administrators have: namely, credibility.

It certainly would appear to the casual observer that Ms. Bradshaw is being treated in a shabby and disrespectful manner. Taxpaying citizens deserve an explanation when questions and controversies involving public employees arise.

By: PhiDelt496 on 3/25/11 at 7:54

Antisocialite,

Those are the basis of my belief that the teachers union should be abolished. You can read my comments on most of the other stories on this topic. The comments you cited are responses to the pro-union attempts to justify keeping the union. Such as:

"tenure protects teachers from being at the whim of the principals and the politicians"

"the union protects teachers from being able to speak their minds against foolish policy or bad decisions by principals."

Carl,

I agree with your sentiments, but I think that this article was written in a shabby and disrespectful manner and without explaination. There are no sources cited to backup any of the conversations about the timeline of actions, and we do not know what effort was made to contact school officials for comment. Leaving a request for comment on an officials office line at 11:00PM (I dont know if that is what happened, it is just an example), then writing that they were not available for comment is not fair to the school officials. I am not defending the officials, but there is no evidence that they were allowed to defend themselves in this article.

By: dargent7 on 3/25/11 at 7:54

Public school teachers are our "gold".
You want a Nation of morons that we seem to produce every year, then blame it on the teachers? Not parents who work 12 hour days and have no time left at home.
America is squeezing the middle class to extinction.
Now, teachers?
Let's just boost the military budget to a trillion a year and bomb every country we deem that doesn't fit within our mold.
"This place is a zoo". Jimmy Durante

By: fishfry on 3/25/11 at 7:54

This is a travesty and the very reason we are loosing quality people in our school systems. Jealousy and disregard for the good that one contributes to the well being and education of our children abounds. I have never understood the Metro School System. They have made some serious blunders over the years. I wonder where common sense and a love for young people and a respect for leadership has gone. Too bad - Hillsboro has enough problems with clicks and snobbery. They need people like Mary Catherine.

By: hummingbirdhill on 3/25/11 at 7:55

hummingbirdhill
Collective bargaining is a distinctly separate issue from the change being made at HIllsboro High School. CB, whether is in a public entity or a private one such as the NFL, is a process that negotiates general policy that affects every "player".And as far as tenure goes - ask anyone to reflect on how hard it is to fire anyone in this day and age, contract or not.

What is most telling about this situation, is that it is happening in the middle of a semester with less than a quarter of school to go. Why? Right here before testing it seems to be a highly disruptive and distracting. What is the big emergency and why the secrecy?
I bet that if one digs deep enough, one will find that either a grant ran out, a chenge in funds or it has something to do with seniority and money. It rarely has to do with what is good for the kid.

By: Moonglow1 on 3/25/11 at 8:19

Moonglow1; to Dargent7. Check out the NYT article concerning General Electric not paying any taxes and also received a rebate from the U. S. of about 3 billion. And what do we get from GE in return for this enormous break: more U. S. Jobs exported to China. GE has a large dept that views tax strategy as a major profit center. The middle class is told we must tighten our belts because there is no money and teachers unions are the cause of our poor economy. The 35 percent corporate tax is a myth. No one is paying except the middle class. Gee three wars, housing crisis, bank bail outs, corporate welfare. No money? Ya think?

By: Felix2052 on 3/25/11 at 8:50

Look, this is not really about public sector unions, collective bargaining, the tax structure, and so forth...interesting and critical subjects they are, no doubt.

This is about a patent injustice being done to a loyal (and supremely competent and beloved) public servant and an attack on the quality of education in our public schools. No, the school won't "fall down" without her...it will just be sadly diminished and the quality of education offered there will go down measurably. This is a public school, we are entitled to weigh in on this. The MNPS administrators are themselves public servants. They can and should provide whatever reasoning they can muster for this decision. Viewed in any rational manner, it will be bad for the schools. We want accountability for these actions, we are entitled to it, and we will do everything appropriate in our power to get it.

By: Heffa on 3/25/11 at 10:30

Speculation and more speculation, does anyone really know why she was told she would not be returning. Regardless how beloved she is by her former students if she has crossed a serious conduct line she should be dismissed not transfered. Happens every day in the private sector. If she is not good enough for one school another should not be forced to take her.

By: ksstl on 3/25/11 at 10:41

Many people (myself included) have requested more information about why she was removed from her position. We have not received any answers, but the MNPS press release makes it clear that the no conduct lines were crossed, and no one is disputing her impressive teaching record.

I'm an HHS alum from '94 and had multiple classes with Ms. Bradshaw. She is an excellent teacher who has been an incredible influence for many, and that's why there is such a public outcry over this. Of course the school will not fall down without her, but the many parents who decided to send their kids to HHS precisely because of the IB program, headed by Ms. Bradshaw, have every right to be upset and demand answers, as do her students.

By: 7wordz on 3/25/11 at 11:16

Let's not lose focus of the important issue here. Ms. Bradshaw is by far one of THE most influential teachers I had throughout my entire K-12 education. Not only was she one of my teachers, she was also my Varsity soccer coach. I knew MCB on a personal level. She encourages and inspires the BEST in her students. She challenges them. She is the epitome of everything a GREAT teacher should be. Regardless of the underlying issues, I find it quite disheartening that my old high school would not only let go of such a stellar teacher but furthermore would handle it in the way it has been handled. If any of you had a class/classes with Ms. Bradshaw or you are the parent of a student who did OR you know someone who was, you would know without a doubt that the administration of HHS is making a huge mistake, which tragically comes at the expense of their students. Our education system is failing the students that it is supposed to serve. One of the biggest reasons for this, is the lack of great teachers. To be a truly great teacher, one who is passionate and inspirational, one who challenges you to reach further than you thought you could, is a rare gift. Ms. Bradshaw has this gift. Shame on HHS for failing to treasure that.
-Katy Haeuptle :: HHS Class of '99

By: S_chud1 on 3/25/11 at 11:23

Countless emails and phone calls have been made (during business hours) to MNPS administrators, with little response. The administration seems to be trying their hardest to keep the public uninformed.

I was under the tutelage of Mary Catherine Bradshaw and was greatly influenced by her teaching and mentorship. She's absolutely brilliant and the manner in which MNPS is dealing with this is deplorable. All of this is happening quite quickly, in the utmost secrecy and without telling the public anything despite the collective objection.

Of course the school won't fall without MCB, but all the people that send their kids to the IB program because of her, her past and current students, and concerned parents and colleagues have the right to insist on answers.

And to Heffa, she's fit for the ivy leagues, but she chooses to stay in the public sector because she wishes to give public school students private or magnet school educations (heard from Bradshaw's mouth in her class last year).

By: Nitzche on 3/25/11 at 11:31

IB successful, needs to dumb down for the masses, not fair other students get this kind of instruction...should be equally bad for everybody- BARRY, BARRY

By: team1 on 3/25/11 at 11:53

To Govskeptic

This article makes it appear that the entire Hillsboro High School will collapse
because of this transfer. IT DOES NOT SAY THAT
Leaving a good impression on a Councilman is nice, but doesn't make that teacher non replaceable! SOME ARE!
While I know nothing of this particular case CLEARLY YOU DON'T
I hate to see the School Administration getting a black eye before there's one word of reasoning from the School Administrators THE POINT
and actually they're not even required to respond to those inquiries! I PAY TAXES & I VOTE SO YES THEY DO!

By: team1 on 3/25/11 at 11:57

To Heffa

Speculation and more speculation, does anyone really know why she was told she would not be returning. I AM SURE SOMEONE DOES BUT THEY WON'T SHARE THE REASON, HENCE THE ISSUE/OUTCRY!

Regardless how beloved she is by her former students if she has crossed a serious conduct line she should be dismissed not transfered. WHY ARE YOU ADDING TO THE SPECULATION?! AND WITH SUCH A HORRIBLE ONE!!!

Happens every day in the private sector. If she is not good enough for one school another should not be forced to take her. YES, PEOPLE GET FIRED UNJUSTLY EVERYDAY BUT THAT DOES NOT MAKE IT RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By: richgoose on 3/25/11 at 12:02

It appears that there is a personality conflict between the teacher and the Principal. As is the case with 95% of these conflicts the "boss is always right even when he or she is wrong." The Principal has built a case against this teacher who probably has been coddled by past Principals because of her work. In this case she inflicted her attitude upon a Principal who rightly or wrongly elected to do something about it. I hardly think the Principal was prepared for the onslaught that has occured.

If I were giving advice to this teacher, it would be you may even win this battle but you are going to be beaten up by the administration from now on. You probably have much to offer the private school sector and you have enough tenure and seniority to have your MNPS pension secure. Leave this school system for your own dignity and career. You will appear in the future as nothing more than a teaching Don Quixote if you elect to stay with MNPS.

By: nashvillesmom on 3/25/11 at 12:24

MNPS legally cannot say why they have asked for this transfer because MCB is still an employee of MNPS. Now lets say that things escalate and there are protest, etc, and then MNPS might have to fire her completely. If and when this does happen, MNPS can show their documentation justifying their actions, which potentially could be embarrassing and career threatening to Ms. Bradshaw.
MNPS are making changes in the system and people have a hard time adjusting to change.
For as many people that are upset over Ms. Bradshaw's transfer, there are as many that are thrilled over it.

By: wormley on 3/25/11 at 12:54

My name is Will Gormley, and I am a senior in the IB program at Hillsboro High School, and a current student of Ms. Bradshaw. I don't think that y'all understand the signifcance of Ms. Bradshaw's transfer. Hillsboro High School is in the process of becoming an "Academy School" which means that it will focus on technical and vocational training instead of college prep. Ms. Bradshaw is the cornerstone of IB at Hillsboro and if she isn't allowed to finish her last three years at Hillsboro (after her last 27!), then she won't be able to adequately transfer power to guarantee the survival of IB after she leaves. Ms. Bradshaw's "transfer" is a political ploy to undermine the IB program and leave it weak, so that it can be cut out which would leave Hillsboro a wall-to-wall Academy school. This is a travesty because Hillsboro is one of the best public schools in Nashville, and the IB Program is a huge factor in that continued success. Metro wants Hillsboro to become an Academy School because they think that it will do well and can become a flagship for Academy Schools. The thing is, Hillsboro already does really well without the Academy Schools, so of course they'll succeed with it. However, the Academy system will weaken the intellectual aspect of the school, and its progress will flounder.
Mary Catherine's transfer represents a much deeper split between vocational training and college prep, and the loss of such a dedicated, influential and beloved teacher would be a blight on our community.

By: mnpseducator on 3/25/11 at 1:04

It is telling that she was removed during the last quarter of the year, and that they couldn't wait to do it once everyone had gone home for the summer. I suspect she crossed a line for the last time - she has been a great teacher to many kids, but a bully to many adults for many years. I feel badly for her kids, but it must have been really egregious behavior on her part - it's not a simple choice to remove the most popular teacher in the history of the school. I bet Rod Manual is enjoying this one...

By: Felix2052 on 3/25/11 at 1:25

nashvillesmom wrote: "For as many people that are upset over Ms. Bradshaw's transfer, there are as many that are thrilled over it."

Really? Please name them. Are you one of them? What is your connection to the situation and/or source of information? If so, what are your reasons for being "thrilled" about it? Because all I see are: (1) an overwhelming number of current and former students and parents outraged about it; and (2) a very few people whose connection to and/or knowledge of this situation is anything but clear or even coherent - some of whom even admit they don't know anything about what's going on, a la govskeptic - making snide comments such as yours. You obviously have an opinion here, step up and own it.

By: BigPapa on 3/25/11 at 1:32

The Administration is not doing this just too be mean. There's a reason and obviously they can not say why due to privacy issues between the employee and themselves. Sometimes being in charge means having to make tough, unpopular decisions, and take the heat when you Oh so badly want to tell all the why's and what have yous.
People, you need to think before you react emotionally.

By: Felix2052 on 3/25/11 at 1:53

BigPapa wrote: "There's a reason and obviously they can not say why due to privacy issues between the employee and themselves."

No one denies there's a reason, and that's exactly what we want to know. Your assumption that it's a "privacy" concern, however, is unfounded. If there were cause for termination here, she would have been removed instanter and placed on administrative duties pending the required due process. She has not been terminated: in fact, so we understand, no reason has even been given to Bradshaw for the move as of this moment. All available evidence points to this being a policy and/or political move. That being the case, we're actually well within our rights to demand answers, and not just "react[ing] emotionally."

Expressing blind faith in an administrative apparatus' ability to make "tough, unpopular decisions" and "take the heat" without complaint? I don't know if it's emotional, but it certainly sounds more like fantasy.

By: richgoose on 3/25/11 at 2:07

WILL GORMLEY......May have enlightened the public as to the intentions of the MNPS administrators. Hillsboro had too many parents and of course their children that thought Hillsboro was an academic school. The enrollment however shows that the majority of students at Hillsboro are just passing through school and life. It is time for the administration to offer a curriculum (technical and vocational) that will give some of these kids a chance to learn something that will enable them to stay off the welfare roles.

The parents that thought Hillsboro was an academic school were just causing an uproar throughout the school and the administration itself.

By: nashvillesmom on 3/25/11 at 3:19

Felix...I am actually a former student of MCB and when I heard the news a few days ago I was naturally very upset. I learned of people's excitement over Ms. Bradshaw's transfer thru parents of present Hillsboro students.The new principle, (Terry Shrader) and MCB were not working well together (one parent said "he was not going to get bossed around by her like the past principles have) and the obvious choice is to transfer MCB. If you know MCB at all, she has strong opinions and fights for what she believes in, but I can see her crossing a line on what's appropriate and what's not, and from what I have heard she has done that. As a matter of fact, any teacher that does not agree with the direction Hillsboro is headed needs to ask to be transferred in the best interest of the school and its students.
Again MNPS cannot legally tell the public the reason for her transfer, because she is still an employee of MNPS, and maybe they have not informed MCB, I don't know. But I think at the bottom of her heart she knows the instance or instances where she crossed the line, and that is where this all started.

By: bettysands1 on 3/25/11 at 8:11

I believe this firestorm is the result of a personality dispute between the new Hillsboro principal and a talented, experienced, much-loved Hillsboro teacher with a long successful track record at the school who has seen many principals come and go.
It's my view that rather than throw his weight around just to show he can, the new principal needs to back off and let the terrific teacher-leader continue to do the great job she's done for years.
The administration let the principal make this decision and then was caught flat-footed by the firestorm that is now occurring. Central office and Mr. Register - take time to look at the lay of the land before rubber-stamping personnel decisions of a new, insecure principal who is just being a bully -- and hurting the reputation and quality of the school in the process.

By: shocked on 3/25/11 at 9:17

to nashvillesmom and heffa

Actually Bradshaw and Shrader have had a good working relationship and you should try to learn the facts from a reliable source before throwing gossip out. There was no line crossing - there was compliance and an attempt to work as a team. Yes, MCB is opinionated and can be annoyingly convincing - since when is that a grounds for telling someone they will be happier somewhere else -which is the ONLY reason given for the administrative transfer? Principal is spelled principal. But this is really about principles.

By: Momof6 on 3/26/11 at 12:07

"Hillsboro had too many parents and of course their children that thought Hillsboro was an academic school. The enrollment however shows that the majority of students at Hillsboro are just passing through school and life. It is time for the administration to offer a curriculum (technical and vocational) that will give some of these kids a chance to learn something that will enable them to stay off the welfare roles.

The parents that thought Hillsboro was an academic school were just causing an uproar throughout the school and the administration itself."

Four of my six children attended Hillsboro, and Mary Catherine Bradshaw taught three of them. Do I understand the comment to mean that Hillsboro High school should abandon its college-bound students to meet the needs of vocational students? Hillsboro has a legal responsibility to both.

Schools by definition are academic, and even students in a vocational program need to learn how to read, speak, and write effectively, to use mathematics, to have some knowledge of history, science, and the world outside their vocation. Many people also have serious doubt about vocational education at a time when the world is changing so rapidly, when it is predicted that people will change careers many times in their lives. Given that many college students change majors one or more times, it may be unrealistic to expect high school students to choose a career before they turn 18. Although I am not opposed to vocational programs, the best preparation for life and a career is a good grounding in basic education at whatever level the student's abilities permit. Then he or she is prepared for college, a job, or vocational training at the post high-school level.

By: Moonglow1 on 3/26/11 at 10:27

Moonglow1: the ouster of this teacher is without question part of the national tea party agenda's war on the middle class. Here is how it works: bust the rights of teachers to collectively bargain & thus silence them, support taxpayer funding for charter schools which weakens the public school system & allows for hiring non union & docile teachers, reduce taxes for corporations so that they can take your job to China and their children can afford to attend private schools which will be academically superior to the public & the charter schools, and then all the poor people (formerly the middle class) will attend public schools which will become technical trade schools. Hence the conversion of Hillsboro High School which has prepared doctors and lawyers will now become a vocational school as the student reported. Of course the administration is silent. They know the drill. Keeping the masses in the dark about the reason for the transfer keeps the larger agenda from being exposed. Like Scott Walker did in WI: he lied to the people was voted in and whack.

By: cookeville on 3/26/11 at 9:31

Moonglow, you said it well. But the middle class voters who put tea party candidates and the rad right into office will never admit they screwed up. And so we slip quickly into a fascist state and soon, there will be no public schools whatsoever, which is what they really want. But we asked for it and now we have it. The good middle class citizens, in their fear, ignorance, and hate, now has the gun to their heads, and the rad right state legislature and country govts. are getting ready to pull the trigger. Any reading of history will confirm that when the radical right or left get into office, they make it a point to make war on every class except the military and corporations. They never win, of course, but by the time they're done, there is rarely left anything anyone would want. Examples are fascist Italy under the Deuce, Germany under Hitler, the USSR, the Roman Empire, 19th century England, Peron's Argentina, Spain in the '30s, and on and on. The only thing is does is allow Corporations to make the countries pay for being rebuilt after they have been destroyed by corporate fascism and the military.

By: eshohadaee on 3/27/11 at 10:47

One more injustice! Well, we are going from bad to worse. Instead of fighting to preserve "the best educators” so the Educational advocators, & experts seem to preach on daily basis", we sit and watch how our best educators have been pushed away from schools like Hillsboro. Those of us who want to believe that our public educational system can still be saved must sadly recognize that the nowadays the “politics culture" has completely contaminated the educational arena" in the MNPS district.
What about our children? Apparently they’ve stopped being the "FIRST" to care for, judging by this shocking reality of our lives as part of the Hillsboro Family. "The Children First Idea" has become "cheap talk", as part of the unquestionable evidence we can clearly see today.
Two of my daughters graduated from Hillsboro High School when Hillsboro routinely used to place academically among the best high schools in the state, I still remember the amount of dedication, understanding, and rigorous ethical expectations Ms. MKB taught my daughters. She motivated them to think critically, and study creating life lasting connections, I knew then; I had made the right choice of schools when I moved to Nashville.
Perhaps many of us think this situation is hard to believe, although difficult to admit this unfair situation could be seen as one more act in this almost surreal chain of contradictory events. Something deeper than what one can see with a naked eye has caused things to roll down quickly in a domino's effect. Analyzing all the available pieces of information one has to assume all Metro officials involved with our children's Education don't care whether or not the children learn positive lessons dealing with honor, fairness, respect, justice, citizenship, and they are helped to become critical thinkers, and extraordinary citizens filled of the type of inner a transforming force that is only acquired through a solid, and wholesome education.
Ms. Bradshaw has been one of the best" educators I’ve known, because it is education what we want to pursue for our children, not just Instruction. After all, we parents and educators want the same for our children. We want to produce creative students as deep learners, makers & support of our future as a City, State, and Nation.
At the end of the day, one should ask the following questions: who are those loosing the most out of this unfair situation? Undoubtedly: "Children First", the community, and all educators. How do we (educators) respond critically and clearly all questioning students? What lesson are we allowing our children to learn by this situation? Can we really tell them we all -administrators, board officials included- want for them the “best academic areas taught by the best teachers"? Somehow I feel I'll be misconstruing the truth. Wont you? Many of our students are capable of analyzing the situation, and arrive to their own conclusions based on the evidence, and not by hearsay regardless of the reports, and or excuses presented by the media and school officials,
I am sure all students, parents, colleague educators, and community members will do everything they can to make things right. The students deserve our support; Ms. Bradshaw also deserves all our support. After all is the ethical and fair thing to do. This resilient quest for justice is embedded in our own history, our American spirit, and our Constitution. We are all pursuing the truth, and more likely this quest will not stop until the truth is found. Ms. Bradshaw counts with our respect, admiration and our firm belief that things will change for the benefit of those you have taught and sacrificed for the last 27 years: our students. Your Hillsboro family needs you to continue doing what you do best: Educate our Hillsboro Children.