TREE Hosts Diane Ravitch This Wednesday

Join us as we welcome public school champion Diane Ravitch at Vanderbilt University’s Commodore Ballroom this Wednesday, November 19, at 6:30 p.m.  The Commodore Ballroom is located on the first floor of the Student Life Center at 310 25th Ave South. Parking is in the 25th Avenue garage.

Diane Ravitch, an author, historian, and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education will speak and discuss the hoax of public school education reform. This event is proudly sponsored by Tennesseans Reclaiming Educational Excellence (TREE), the TN BATs, and Momma Bears of TN.

Please go to our EventBright page to RSVP.

NOTE: Check-in begins at 4:45. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Please arrive no later than 6:15 p.m. to guarantee entry. This event is limited in space. Once we sell out, you may add yourself to a waiting list that will provide entry to the event in the place of any reservation that does not arrive by 6:15 p.m.  The waiting list is first-come, first-served. This event is FREE of charge, but premium seats will be available later today with a TREE donation of $40 or more. Check back soon. We encourage you to come early and stay late to network with attendees.


Learning From New Orleans, Nashville Reflects on “Choice”

TREE would like to thank Karen Harper Royal and Dr. Kristen Buras, our two guest speakers who shared their experience and knowledge with some of Tennessee’s concerned citizens this past Sunday.  Karran Harper Royal told of her experiences as a parent of a traditional school student whose school was converted to charter. She also shared about her work as an education advocate in New Orleans, giving our audience valuable insight into the pitfalls of “all-choice” school districts.


Dr. Kristen Buras, author of Charter Schools, Race, and Urban Space: Where the Market Meets Grassroots Resistance  painted a clear picture of the methodology that is used to privatize public education.  Her extensive knowledge of the many moving parts of reform gave us all a better comprehension of its implementation.  The detailed information pointed out red flags to look for in our communities as we collectively work toward an equitable and excellent public education for all children. Follow the link above to purchase her book that chronicles those reform methods in detail.



Take a moment to watch the powerful video Karran presented:

“A Perfect Storm: The Takeover of New Orleans Public Schools Part One 17 Days in November”

Follow this link for information on Journey to Justice. Their website is in progress.
Follow them on twitter: @J4J_USA
Find Karran Harper Royal on Facebook.

Download the SUSTAINABLE SCHOOL TRANSFORMATION white paper. This Journey for Justice document is a blueprint to demand an end to discriminatory assaults on public education and a new approach to school improvement.
Sustainable School Transformation (DOWNLOAD)

TREE looks forward to partnering with Royal, Buras, and other activists, as well as supporting communitydriven processes for sustainable school transformation.

Thanks also goes out to our co-host, Gideon’s Army, for helping to make the event a success.  We also appreciate everyone from across Tennessee who took the time to attend.

For those who were not able to attend, a video of the event is forthcoming and will be available on our website.

And, for those of you who live in Nashville, it is crucial for you to speak up NOW to let school board members and Metro council members know your thoughts on the future of Nashville schools. You can contact council members at https://www.nashville.gov/Metro-Council/Contact-Council-Members.aspx.

You can also cut and paste this list to email all members of the MNPS school board: gentryfordistrict1@comcast.net, joann.brannon@mnps.org, jill.speering@mnps.org, anna.shepherd@mnps.org, elissa.kim@mnps.org, tyese.hunter@mnps.org, will@pinkstonforschools.com, mary@pierceforschools.org, amy.frogge@mnps.org.

 East Nashville United is holding a Town Hall #CommunityVoice  event Sunday, November 9th at 3:45 at the East Park Community Center, 600 Woodland Street to further discuss MNPS’s plans for their schools. Please join them! Here is more information.

Our next event will be in two weeks and our co-hosts will be the Tennessee BATs and Momma Bears.  On November 19th we have the honor of hosting America’s most famous public education advocate, Diane Ravitch, in Nashville.  (Look for the Evenbrite event invitation in the next few days to reserve your seat.)


© Kristen Buras, 2015