Parent-Led Coalition Launches

What a busy week! On Tuesday, Nashville Rise announced the coalition’s launch and plans to drive parent engagement in the education conversation. The morning began with WKRN-Channel 2 airing an interview with Parent Captain Laura Hasler. Laura stressed the need for greater access to high-quality education for all students. When asked about the future MNPS school director, Channel 2 quoted Parent Captain LaQuita Shute.

“I’m looking for someone who has the kind of diversity that will extend to all of the children in every school,” said Grandmother LaQuita Shute. “Whatever the decisions are that it’s for everybody not just the select few, the zip codes shouldn’t matter.”

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In the afternoon, a group of Nashville Rise parents attended the first community conversation featuring one of the candidates for school director, Shawn Joseph. Wearing their Nashville Rise shirts, the parents gathered in front of Maplewood High School. The media standing by was eager to get parent input on the superintendent search and education in Nashville. During an interview with Fox 17, Nashville Rise Parent Captain Demi Owen emphasized the importance of high-quality education across Davidson County. Simultaneously, I was encouraging my fellow parents to engage in the education conversation during an interview with WSMV-Channel 4.

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After a quick photo-op, Nashville Rise parents entered the forum together. Each submitted a question to Shawn Joseph regarding engagement, diversity, inclusion or high-quality education for every child.

Mr. Joseph answered many of these questions and emphasized that “we have to explore what parent engagement means for the district.” The Nashville Rise parents responded on social media that they have some ideas on how to help Mr. Joseph explore what it means. We are all looking forward to that collaborative partnership.

Once again, it was so exciting that multiple news stations covered the launch and gave Nashville Rise parents the opportunity to reach the greater public. We hope to continue collaborating with news networks to push the parent voice to the forefront.

What is coming up next? This summer, parents will have the opportunity to engage with candidates for the upcoming school board election. Nashville Rise is hosting a school board candidate forum on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at TSU’s Avon Williams campus.

Nashville Rise parents ask you to join them in advocating for high-quality education for all Davidson County students.

Visit and sign up today!

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