Former County Commissioner Running for Sumner School Board

Shellie Young Tucker seeking District 2 school board seat

In Sumner County, Shellie Young Tucker is seeking a seat on the School Board after serving four years on the County Commission from 2018-2022.

“My desire is to cultivate an educational environment that nurtures the growth and empowerment of every student. I’ll be your listening ear and fierce advocate.”

While on the County Commission, she was a consistent supporter of school funding in the district.

Parish Announces School Board Campaign

District 9 race shaping up in Williamson County

A committed community volunteer and parent of two children in Williamson County Schools is running for School Board from District 9.

Shandus Parish announced her candidacy for a seat on the education policy-making body this week.

As for why she’s running, Parish says, “Growing up, public school was my sanctuary—a refuge of safety and enrichment where I could thrive away from my challenging home life. For me, school was more than just a place to learn. It was a place where I had agency, where my income, background, and zip code didn’t matter. Now, as a parent, I want to ensure that every child in Williamson County has access to the same opportunities that shaped my life.”

More on Williamson County elections:

Barnes in Race for Hamilton County School Board

Candidate calls for investment in public education

Tammy Barnes has announced she’s a candidate for Hamilton County School Board from District 1, the Soddy Daisy area.

As for why she’s running, Barnes says, “I believe our students deserve access to an honest, equitable, safe, and fully funded public education.”


School Board Battle in Fairview

Mobley announces District 1 school board campaign

Elmer Mobley has officially announced his candidacy for Williamson County School Board District 1, representing the Fairview area.

Mobley is a longtime community activist and advocate for public education.

In his announcement, he explains the simple reason he’s running:

“My vision for our schools is simple,” Mobley explained. “Every child, regardless of background or zip code, deserves access to an equitable education that fosters excellence, engagement, and a sense of belonging.”


Four Democrats Seeking Seats on Williamson County School Board

Local party fields slate of candidates in 2024 elections

The Williamson County Democratic Party announced it is fielding candidates for school board in districts 1, 3, 9, and 11 in 2024.

The party said its candidates will focus on issues such as teacher compensation, improving school funding, and ensuring the safety of students.

The candidates include Elmer Moberly in District 1, Diane Cochran in District 3, Shandus Parish in District 9, and Laura Granere in District 11.

More on Williamson County School Board races:

Pro-Schools Progressive Announces Re-election Bid for House Seat

Aftyn Behn to seek full term in legislature in 2024 elections

A state representative who last year won a special election to fill a Nashville House seat has announced she plans to seek re-election this year.

Rep. Aftyn Behn of the 51st District representing a portion of Nashville will be on the ballot again in the 2024 cycle.

Since her election last year, Behn has proposed repealing the state’s grocery tax.

As an organizer on state policy issues, she has long been an advocate for public schools and has opposed using public money to fund private schools.

As Gov. Bill Lee has promised to move forward with a universal school voucher scheme, Behn will likely have an opportunity to vote to defend public schools in her first session as a lawmaker.

State Rep. Aftyn Behn

Williamson County’s Aprea Announces Re-Election Campaign

5th district school board member to run for a second term

A current member of the Williamson County School Board has announced she’ll be seeking re-election in 2024.

Jennifer Aprea, who represents the 5th District (Nolensville area) filed her petition to run as an Independent in the upcoming election.

“As a current WCS parent, volunteer, and engaged Board member, I feel strongly that our rapidly growing area deserves continuity in their representation which is why I’m choosing to run for another 4-year term serving their needs,” says Aprea.

Voters can find out more about Aprea on her campaign website.

In other Williamson County election news:

Candidate Announces for Williamson County School Board

Tony Caudill files to run in District 11

An Independent (nonpartisan) candidate has filed to run for Williamson County School Board from District 11 (Franklin, Thompson’s Station).

Tony Caudill announced this week that he will run in the election to be held on August 1, 2024.

“Williamson County Schools are among the best public schools in the nation and have played a significant role in attracting families and businesses to our area. I believe the Board should work on opportunities for continuous improvement and focus on the very real issues that accompany rapid population growth, such as staffing, transportation, student safety, and adequate funding, which impact our students and staff members on a daily basis,” says Caudill. “My commitment will always be to strive to do what is best for all of our students, their teachers, and their collective success.”

For more information on Caudill’s campaign, check out his website.

Should the Mayor of Nashville Run the City’s Schools?

One Mayoral candidate pitches Karl Dean’s old idea

Nashville Mayoral candidate Alice Rolli says she’s ready to run the city’s public schools in addition to the rest of the city should she become Mayor.

The remarks came at a recent forum as reported by the Nashville Banner:

Alice Rolli said at a mayoral forum Tuesday night that as mayor she would consider seeking a takeover of the school system unless charter schools are renewed. 

Candidates were asked whether or not they supported getting rid of the elected school board. The only person on stage seemingly open to the idea was Rolli, who said she would give the authority two years to get their act together before “holding them accountable.” She said the city’s school system should strive to be like Miami-Dade’s, and that without accountability, Nashville’s schools will become like Detroit’s. 

As the Banner notes, former Nashville Mayor and charter school proponent Karl Dean sought the authority to take over the city’s schools, but then-Gov. Phil Bredesen rejected the ridiculous idea.

It’s telling that Rolli wants Nashville schools to look like Detroit or Miami.

I’m not sure Nashville wants their school system to look like The Hunger Games, which is how some describe the situation in Detroit:

It is encouraging, though, that no other candidate seemed all that interested in the idea.

In perhaps some more encouraging news:


Taking on Teach for America

Hillsdale College and the Collapse of Public Schools

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