Three Takeaways From the East Nashville United Town Hall Meeting
By Steve Cavendish on Mon, Nov 10, 2014, The Nashville Scene -Yesterday, a town hall-style meeting at East Park Community Center — hosted by East Nashville United, the parents group that opposes MNPS director Jesse Register's plans to change the setup of East Nashville schools — brought together concerned parents with Register, members of the school board and other elected officials for a sometimes heated gathering. The exchanges often broke along the charter debate that seems to embroil every Nashville school decision of late. Here are three takeaways from the meeting: (read more)
by School board member Elissa Kim got put in the hot seat during a public forum Sunday about whether she was being forthright with her constituents regarding proposed campus closures in East Nashville — until Jesse Register came to her rescue.
In a meeting that grew heated and emotional, the director of schools rose from his seat and defended Kim.
"I'm not trying to take the meeting over," Register said. "I just think it's wrong-headed."
Kenny Byrd, the moderator of the meeting organized by East Nashville United, a group that opposes closing schools, had peppered Kim with several questions about a series of emails. The emails dealt with the reorganization plan and referenced someone with her first name. (read more)