Up for Debate: School board votes on charter appeals

Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at 11:00pm

The Metro Board of Education voted to reject Great Hearts Academies' appeal of a previous denial with one board member concerned about eroding what diversity there currently is in Metro schools. The board also accepted KIPP Nashville and Purpose Prep Academy's appeals. Do you agree with the board's decision? Do you share the concerns over diversity?

 

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137 Comments on this post:

By: budlight on 6/27/12 at 9:41

: Loner on 6/27/12 at 9:06
As I said, we pay property taxes, school taxes and state income taxes...and we have the tax on ignorance: The New York State Lottery. If you folks are not using all of those separate revenue sources, then you lack the revenue to reform and excel in the area of primary and secondary public school education.

Loner, even though I'm not your ilk, I agree with you on this. You know, I think we need a state tax, just like NY so we can all get a better education. Of course, our lottery money was "supposed" to be used for education. That's a joke.

Oh well, enough of this fun. Bye. Ummmm, you are so "ummmm"!

By: gdiafante on 6/27/12 at 10:10

Well I attended public schools in TN and CT, CT was far ahead. And by far I mean the distance from the Earth to the moon.

Granted that was almost 30 years ago, but given the circumstances I doubt much has changed. Historically, the South has always lagged behind in education. This dates back to the Civil War.

What a surprise.

By: bfra on 6/27/12 at 10:20

slacker - Your 9:33 comment hit on one of the major problems with our schools. Why are they still bussing? Most neighborhoods are well intergrated? Parents can't work all day and then drive across town to support the schools their children are being bussed to.

By: gdiafante on 6/27/12 at 10:22

The whole bussing thing, while well-intended, has been a disaster. This precipitated our move out of Davidson County as a child. My sister, though we lived in Antioch, was bussed to Cameron. After the assistant principle was stabbed, my parents had enough.

By: bfra on 6/27/12 at 10:38

But our "fearless leaders"(joke), better referred to as our not so smart leaders, have never mentioned curtailing bussing. They act like sheep and just don't mention it!

By: gdiafante on 6/27/12 at 10:42

I'm not sure if they're afraid of offending people or appearing racist. Hell, no one can do anything in regards to race anymore without being labeled as that. This PC stuff has to stop.

By: slacker on 6/27/12 at 10:46

No one with any gravitas will come out and admit, that racial politics, not sound reasoning, is controlling the educational system.

By: BenDover on 6/27/12 at 10:48

Pedro pushed hard to get rid of busing in Nashville. He was run out of town by the PC Police.

By: bfra on 6/27/12 at 10:56

Ben - Pedro didn't push anything but himself in front of a camera. If you have a source for that claim, please show it.

By: BenDover on 6/27/12 at 10:58

Pedro was demonized because he stood up to the teacher unions before standing up to the teacher unions was cool.

By: bfra on 6/27/12 at 11:01

Ben - SO? How is that trying to get rid of bussing?

By: gdiafante on 6/27/12 at 11:03

How is the teachers union controlling bussing?

By: slacker on 6/27/12 at 11:09

Seems to me the global warmers, should protest bussing using that gasoline mantra..

By: jvh2b on 6/27/12 at 11:11

Oh dear lord the nut jobs are out in force today.

First we have bud and yogi lamenting that the KKK has rights to their opinion in the good ole USA.

I got new for ya sweethearts - I may not like their message either, but they have a right to their opinion...just like you and I. Govt starts suppressing one group, then guess what, they can then come after any other group they want. Gays, Christians, you name it. I'm sure you remember a time/place that happened in your life....right? 3rd Reich Ring a bell dear? Or is it you just happen to care now because currently the tide is in your favor?

Then we get this jewel from bud on climate: "Remember, it is the one thing on the planet (and above) that no human can actually change."

You have GOT to be kidding me. We can affect this planet in NUMEROUS ways...nuclear war (ie eternal winter...well for a few hundred or thousand years at least). And if you REALLY think that BILLIONS of humans on this planet putting all sorts of things in the atmosphere it would never encounter otherwise (ie pollution, massive amounts of C02, all while we cut down the planets ability to clean those things out...it tree's...) then I have a bridge to sell you and I'll even throw some beach front property in...right here in TN!

So yeah, lets just do whatever to the planet....we can't affect it at all! Wouldn't wanna take a chance at saving it for our kids or anything. I mean what's the worst thing that could happen? Remember - an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

By: yogiman on 6/27/12 at 11:12

The population has grown so much and costs have been raised so much, In most homes today, both parents have to work, so busing is still needed.

Busing started when I was a child and there was fewer children back then. They had simple routes to pick the kids up and take them home. And you minded the bus driver or he would whip your a$$. Back in those days, you didn't want your parents to find out about you misbehavior. You would get your a$$ whipped harder at home.

The busing problems started in after segregation was abolished and busing routes were changed to "mix the races" of the children. But since there is very few "black only" or "white only" neighborhoods the busing routes could be changed back to simple routes.

By: slacker on 6/27/12 at 11:16

yogi, your dumb arse should be bused outa town. Take a nap!

By: BenDover on 6/27/12 at 11:17

I'm just going on several interviews where I heard him supporting rezoning to eliminate some of the worst busing problems. He set fire to the village on his way out though in order to try to stop the Hillwood rezone. Not sure what that was all about but looks like sour grapes.

By: yogiman on 6/27/12 at 11:23

Well, jvh2b,

Any idea how we can save our planet? It was taken from the idiots centuries ago in a flood, then a few centuries later all of their a$$es were burned to ashes. Now, what's next, taking the fresh air from the current idiots and let them suffocate and rot to dust?

By: BenDover on 6/27/12 at 11:24

The urban temperature increases are due to our successes in combating aerosol pollution of sulfur, nitrogen oxides and carbon monoxide.

The reason none of the doomsaying predictions have come true is because their progression models didn't consider the fact that we'd reach a point of diminishing returns in fighting these particulate pollutants. Neither did the bureaucracies and agencies consider it; thus the new emphasis on fighting carbon dioxide... a harmless gas necessary for the plants to survive and in turn produce the oxygen we require to survive.

By: gdiafante on 6/27/12 at 11:28

So...Ben is saying, in his own, unique tin-foil laced way, that it is indeed man-made.

By: Ummm... on 6/27/12 at 11:29

So says little Bennie- climate guru.

By: jvh2b on 6/27/12 at 11:34

Well yogi, I'd say your off to a good start, considering your just sitting there wasting oxygen to begin with.

And Ben - I'm not claiming that we are the sole cause of whatever it is that's going on with the climate. But I can't imagine given the sheer number or what we are pumping into it, it's not having some effect. Yes CO2 is mostly harmless is small numbers, but there is such a thing as too much of a good thing. I'd be more willing to be on your side if we were planting as many tree's in proper proportion to the CO2 we are producing...instead we have done the opposite...exponentially.

By: gdiafante on 6/27/12 at 11:34

I don't know Ben, we (the U.S.) just had one of the warmest winters on record, extreme weather permeates the globe, the forecast here for Friday is for close to 110 degrees...the polar caps are melting, the Atlantic Ocean is rising...

I wouldn't say the predictions are predicting doomsday, but it may well be on the way. Personally, I'm hoping for an ice age. That may be the only way to get the South to embrace hockey.

By: yogiman on 6/27/12 at 11:34

I see where Master Obama is warning the Supreme Court on their decision on his Obamacare bill by "suggesting" that any decision by them to overturn his bill would send the country "backward" in healthcare.

But I must say: Don't worry, Barry's got a new plan. He'll fix it for them.

By: gdiafante on 6/27/12 at 11:38

Well, yogi...why wouldn't someone say that rejecting their plan would be moving backwards?

Unless of course you're the GOP where the plan is actually to move backwards...all they need is a Wayback machine and, gee whiz, life would be so much better...like 1955...

We cannot let the GOP obtain the flux capacitor technology.

By: slacker on 6/27/12 at 11:40

Pedro predicted global warming.

By: slacker on 6/27/12 at 11:42

It might have been Speedy Gonzales, I get those guys mixed up.

By: BenDover on 6/27/12 at 11:46

They keep changing their models to suit the data GD. Our successes in pollution control is the biggest factor in the observed rise and the fact that it leveled out over the last 1/2 of the last decade rather than continued up supports this position. A hot year or two on top of that is weather, not climate. We've got a new normal without the pollution that's been with us since the beginning of the industrial revolution.

Look at the China Paradox. The Weekend Effect... hell just take a look around you in Nashville. It was covered up with this haze all summer when I moved here 20 years ago... now it's got the same crisp blue skies that I was accustomed to growing up in rural GA.

Thank Nixon and the catalytic converter. The nominal effect of CO2 is nada... it's even a trailing trend... the effect; not the cause.

It's just another mass hysteria fostered by an industry of scientists, bureaucrats and politicians in a self feeding cycle of confirmation bias and self-gain.

By: BenDover on 6/27/12 at 11:53

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BQpciw8suk

By: revo-lou on 6/27/12 at 11:55

"BenDover on 6/27/12 at 11:46

Thank Nixon and the catalytic converter. The nominal effect of CO2 is nada... it's even a trailing trend... the effect; not the cause.

It's just another mass hysteria fostered by an industry of scientists, bureaucrats and politicians in a self feeding cycle of confirmation bias and self-gain."

GREAT I hate it when TDOT puts up those signs that say carpool/reduce trips because of a polution warning! Now, we can all just ignore that!! Stupid signs!

By: BenDover on 6/27/12 at 11:57

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAlMomLvu_4

By: yogiman on 6/27/12 at 12:05

Damn, slacker,

Are you wanting me on that bus with you? OK, if you'll ride in the back. But I ain't taking no nap with you. I wouldn't feel; I could trust you if I was asleep.

By: pswindle on 6/27/12 at 12:12

The GOP wants to give private concerns public money. But, they want government out of thier lives. Funny, Hun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By: yogiman on 6/27/12 at 12:17

Life was pretty darn good for me in 1955, gdiafarte. I had just received my discharge and was running a poker table in Monterey CA. I was having a ball.

Where was you then; in your parent's minds?

By: BenDover on 6/27/12 at 12:21

Every religion requires sanctity and contrition revo.

By: Loner on 6/27/12 at 12:30

Actually, there is no reason to believe that the Pleistocene Ice Age is over...we are probably living in a warm inter-glacial period....the continental glaciers....the mile thick stuff may be returning within the life expectancy of our species....Neanderthals endured it....could Homo sapiens handle it?

By: revo-lou on 6/27/12 at 12:50

"BenDover on 6/27/12 at 12:21
Every religion requires sanctity and contrition revo."

But only if one subscribes, right Ben?

By: BenDover on 6/27/12 at 12:56

True, revo, and the level of your subscription would seem to be equal to the level of sarcasm in your earlier post about 'stupid signs'... wouldn't it.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/27/12 at 1:01

It was southern education that gave southern law maker in North Carolina the right to chance science.

Political satirist Stephen Colbert's solution to unfavourable climate science is simple: "If your science gives you a result that you don't like, pass a law saying that the result is illegal. Problem solved."

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn21934-north-carolina-tries-to-outlaw-climate-models.html

By: gdiafante on 6/27/12 at 1:05

now it's got the same crisp blue skies that I was accustomed to growing up in rural GA.

Right...not sure what sky you're looking at...of course I remember when I was a child I could stay outside without a shirt on for most of the day and not have to worry about melanoma.

By: gdiafante on 6/27/12 at 1:06

Good for you yogi, I'm sure I speak for everyone here when I say that no one gives a good sh!t about you or your life.

By: Captain Nemo on 6/27/12 at 1:11

By: yogiman on 6/27/12 at 12:17
Life was pretty darn good for me in 1955, gdiafarte. I had just received my discharge and was running a poker table in Monterey CA. I was having a ball.

Translation; It was a good life until the government let them darkies have rights.

By: gdiafante on 6/27/12 at 1:14

Good catch, Nemo. I should have cited pre-1954...before Brown vs the Board of Education...

By: Captain Nemo on 6/27/12 at 1:14

By: gdiafante on 6/27/12 at 1:06
Good for you yogi, I'm sure I speak for everyone here when I say that no one gives a good sh!t about you or your life.

Translation; You are the village idiot. LOL

By: revo-lou on 6/27/12 at 1:16

"BenDover on 6/27/12 at 12:56
True, revo, and the level of your subscription would seem to be equal to the level of sarcasm in your earlier post about 'stupid signs'... wouldn't it."

No more so than the denier that you portray, Ben. Of course, it ceases to be a "religion" once it is known, Ben.

By: yogiman on 6/27/12 at 1:29

I'm sure you don't give a s... about my life, gdiafarte, anymore than I do about yours. And I haven't lost one blink of sleep over it.

You're you, and I'm me. And I thank God he made me the man I am instead of making me the model for you to turn out to be as you are.

By: dargent7 on 6/27/12 at 1:30

Brainiacs:
It's the cumulative Earth climate changes going on, you fools.
Mike "Big Mike" Burch has a LTE in The Tennessean today.
"Rising ocean levels...."
Witness the wildfires out in Colo., the floods in FL, the temps here to hit records the next 5 days, at 103+, ...and it's only June.
In 1900 the temp in Tenn. hit 100.
Maybe 50,000 people and 2 billion Earthlings.
In 2012, 7 billion Earthlings and 1. million Tennesseans.
As Al "Big Al" Gore said, "It's an Inconvient Truth" to believe, concieve that 7 billion humans have any effect on the Earth's climate. It's also a Republican position: just dump the shit, chemicals, runoff, fertilizer, radioactive isotopes, into the lakes, rivers, streams and atmosphere, and it disappears. All goes away to a Republican.
It's a state of mindless-ness, being a Republican.

By: BenDover on 6/27/12 at 1:30

It ceases to be a religion when there are no more followers, revo.

By: yogiman on 6/27/12 at 1:32

nimrod,

I'm the village idiot only in the minds of the village fools on this site. And you're a prime example for them.

By: bfra on 6/27/12 at 1:36

yogi - According to people in your area, you are the village idiot there, also!