The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce has identified the committee that will pilot this year's Education Report Card, the chamber's comprehensive analysis of state and local school data. This year's team will be co-chaired by Dr. Christon Arthur, an associate dean in the Department of Education at Tennessee State University and Cabot Pyle of the James Stephen Turner Family Foundation.
In addition to identifying the report committee, the chamber has identified two areas where it will focus recommendations: school funding and special student populations, including special ed, English language students and economically disadvantaged learners.
“Fundamentally, its an examination of how our system and our schools are funded to meet the objective of student success,” Marc Hill told The City Paper. “There's an issue of adequacy, equity and transparency, both at the system level and at the school level.”
The focus on special student populations will work to develop ways to ensure those demographics are performing to No Child Left Behind standards.
“Those special student populations are areas where Metro Schools have struggled,” Hill said.
According to new co-chair Cabot Pyle, the committee quickly identified to the two chairs and the areas they wanted to focus in.
“We tried to encourage prompt engagement, and we didn't have to work very hard at that,” Pyle said. “This is a very committed and enthusiastic committee. There was clearly a consensus with this group on these two focus issues.”
The committee includes:
Co-Chair Dr. Christon Arthur, Tennessee State University
Co-Chair Cabot Pyle, James Stephen Turner Family Foundation
Price Bell, DZL Management Company
Luz Belleza, Metro Nashville Social Services
Keith Belton, Fisk University
The Rev. Raymond Bowman, Spruce Street Baptist Church, IMF
Pam Daly, DK Associates
Andrea Dillenburg, Nashville Ballet
Jacobia Dowell, Healthways
Catrina Haley, Highwoods Properties
Michael Hayes, C.B. Ragland Co.
Marc Hill, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce
John Hilley, Patmos Consulting
Lonnell Matthews Jr., Metropolitan Council, YMCA
Ginger Hausser Pepper, Center for Service Learning & Civic Engagement, TSU
Virginia Pirkle, Connexion Americas
Khaled Sakalla, International Academy of Design & Technology
Benjamin Smith, Youth Speaks Nashville
Bobby Lee Smith, Boys & Girls Club of Middle Tennessee
Jay Tift, ALOC Group
Margaret Whitfield, retired MNPS teacher
Cynthia Wiel, Hubbard, Berry & Harris, PLLC
Doug Williams, Middle Tennessee State University