Archive | August, 2012

Funding an Essential Ingredient for Excellent Schools

A version of this column appeared in the Hendersonville Star News on August 24, 2012: The annual budget brawl about funding for our schools is coming to a close and our children are back in their classes.  This year’s edition has been particularly intense and certainly frustrating.  In response, some have been circulating the myth […]

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Schools Deserve Full Funding

Below is an article I wrote which appeared online in the Hendersonville Star News: Last Monday night, I watched as another County Commission vs. school board budget dispute resulted in a packed County Commission chambers with citizens practically begging to have their taxes raised in order to fund schools. I’ve lived in Sumner County for 12 years […]

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Fully Fund Sumner Schools Now

From a story on WKRN.com:  Parent Andy Spears hopes the school board kicks the issue back to the county commission for a long-term school funding plan that would start with reallocating existing funds. He said, “Our community is definitely going to be focused on both the board and the county commission going forward, so we […]

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Even With This Budget…

Below is a summary of my remarks to the Sumner County Commission last night.  I spoke as a parent concerned about the inadequate funding our community’s schools receive. My daughter is 6 years old and today was supposed to be her first day of first grade. Let me begin by saying I fully support the […]

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Mississippi Search

So, Mississippi will sometime soon be searching for a new state Superintendent of Education.  But, how soon is the question. It’s not clear if the search will start in the next few months or wait until the beginning of 2013.  Andrew Ujifusa thinks the Mississippi opening could be particularly interesting.  From a policy standpoint, the […]

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