Reaching a turning point for better schools

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Nearly three years ago, certainly by the spring of 2014, Nashville’s public conversation about our public schools had gotten seriously off-track.

The dialogue was extremely negative and was mostly about charter schools, not the rest of what was needed in our city’s classrooms.

At that point, some of us realized how an unusual confluence of two looming events offered a hopeful chance to re-start the conversation about public education. One would be the election of a new mayor. The other was the imminent hiring of a new school superintendent.

In its execution, RESET demonstrated a fundamental truth about Nashville in our modern era: Quite apart from government, diverse citizens can gather and find common ground, and government will listen. We have seen this Nashville concept time and again, and this time the subject was great schools.

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