“Amid all of this increased school security, folks have been talking about the school-to-prison pipeline,” said education reporter Kelsey Beyeler on Monday’s episode of This Is Nashville. Beyeler recently wrote for the Nashville Scene about how MNPS is trying to address the mental and behavioral needs of students while also stepping up security.
Nashville public schools are providing no-cost meals to every kid in the district for the next two school years. Metro Schools is using federal ESSER funds to cover the cost of the lunches — budgeted at $7.5 million.
One of Nashville’s biggest public school advocate groups are asking Metro officials to make bigger moves to support local students. The Nashville Public Education Foundation wants the city to create what’s called a child opportunity index.
There are hundreds of teacher vacancies across Middle Tennessee and more than 2,000 across the state.
According to the Tennessee Department of Education, English language arts “proficiency gains were reflected in all tested grades.”
They say they feel less safe after a mass shooter killed 19 kids and two adults at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
The book drive is part of a growing push to make Tennessee more inclusive of Asian Americans.
Robb Elementary School is a rural town about 85 miles west of San Antonio, Texas. Authorities say the mass shooter was an 18-year-old man.