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Tuesday, June 12, 2007


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The question should also be whether or not Karl, despite sending his kids to private school, has been an engaged adult in the public schools? The answer is NO.

David Briley personally led the drive to turn Lockeland Springs Elementary from one of the worst schools in the county into one of the top 2 or 3 with a long waiting list despite not even having school-aged children, essentially developing the model for how to turn schools around in Nashville. Its about getting your hands dirty and being involved, EVEN WHEN YOU ARENT RUNNING FOR MAYOR. Thats why Dozier, Gentry, and particulalry Briley will be ahead of Dean in my education book. Money doesn't buy you credibility on these issues, a proven record does.


As an update, after attending a Karl Dean talk last night, I'm a little less convinced about the position I took in this post. I found Dean to be very convincing concerning his stance on, and commitment to, public education in Nashville. Unlike many others I've talked to, he seems genuinely aware that this is everyone's issue, not simply those with kids.

My guess is that the rigors of the campaign trail, when every talk includes someone in the Q/A session raising the issue of education--and his own family situation--have encouraged him to think about this issue carefully (indeed, this was one of the first questions asked by someone in our small gathering). If so, this is exactly the way a campaign should work. The candidate who goes door to door hears local concerns and has to respond to them.


I obviously don't know anything about public schools in Nashville, or Dean, or the private school his children attend. But I do think it's possible to look at his decision from a slightly different perspective than that of your original post.

Dean must feel that the private school is, in some way, better than the public school his children would attend. Furthermore, he must have the means to send his children there. Given those two facts, what choice does he have? Would it be better for him to send his children to public school, sacrificing some aspect of their education he values, in an effort to pander to public school supporters?

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