The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce annually gathers a group of business and community leaders to explore topics related to Metro Nashville Public Schools and to provide recommendations for improvement. For the second year in a row, we expanded our view to look at the collective effort the entire community could support schools, building upon the 2018 report. This Whole City Approach defined how governmental, social, civic, and nonprofit partners should work together to support schools and ultimately booster student outcomes. Details of our collective policy recommendations, commendations, and concerns are included in the report.
The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce annually gathers a group of business and community leaders to explore topics related to Metro Nashville Public Schools and to provide recommendations for improvement. As part of the committee, we explored social and emotional learning, or the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to: understand and manage emotions; set and achieve positive goals; feel and show empathy for others; establish and maintain positive relationships; and make responsible decisions. Details of our collective policy recommendations, commendations, and concerns are included in the report.
DENOR Brands + Public Relations has partnered with the Nashville Minority Business Center since 2015 to emphasize the importance of public contracting and focused on the shifts required to ensure statewide public contracting practices were equitable for minority business owners. We launched the Contracting for Equity initiative to ask state legislators to amend the Tennessee Women Owned, Minority Owned, Veteran Owned, and Small Business Procurement and Contracting Act. Details of our work and policy recommendations are included in the report.
Former Nashville Former Mayor Megan Barry convened a Transit and Affordability Taskforce, co-chaired by Davidson County Clerk Brenda Wynn and former Mayor Bill Purcell, that offered policy, project, and programmatic recommendations to help Nashville’s decision-makers ensure that planned high-capacity transit corridors are safe, affordable and inclusive for everyone. As the Small Business Team Lead, we developed strategies to improve the economic prospects and equity of these areas and provide new opportunities for housing and commerce — all while avoiding displacement of the vital communities of residents and businesses that call these corridors home. The recommendations are included in the report.
In The Accidental Steward: The Orleans Parish School Board as a Resource Manager in the Reform Era, BGR examines the School Board’s performance as the financial steward for all public schools in Orleans. As a research analyst on this project, BGR evaluated the School Board’s financial stewardship from several angles. First, it looks broadly at how the board has managed its financial position since Katrina. It then delves into its allocation of its financial resources. In addition, it reviews the board’s process for making financial decisions in areas that affect all public schools in New Orleans.
While employed with the Louisiana Department of Education, I was tasked with updating Part J, Section 2357 of Bulletin 741. Bulletin 741 outlines the school administration rules and regulation Louisiana public schools and districts are required to follow. All policies contained in the bulletin are approved by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE). I updated the policy to add section J, which allows greater flexibility for students to obtain the physical education (P.E.) credits necessary for graduation. Previously, students could only earn P.E. credits if they participated in classes and programs offered through the school. Section J allows students who compete in rigorous off-campus athletic programs, such as dance or basketball, to substitute their participation for high school credit, provided the students meet certain guidelines as outlined in the bulletin. The measure was approved by BESE in January 2012.