Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Chamber Report Card comes out tomorrow

The Nashville Chamber of Commerce releases its report card on Metro Nashville Public Schools tomorrow that are months away from state control due to failure to meet No Child Left Behind Act standards.

The chamber has control of the schools now through school board membership. But it really does not have any idea how to improve schools, only ensure that businesses do not get taxed more to be part of the solution. Its difference-making support of the resegregation of Metro Schools was wrong.

The report card does not carry much weight with me. The chamber has been part of the problem for decades and its support of politicians such as Phil Bredesen and Karl Dean have only made things worse.

But the chamber will get publicity as really caring, which is the mirage it wants to maintain to the general public. Meanwhile, children in need continue to suffer.

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