With an influx of Tennessee Promise students heading to community college in a few weeks, one program is trying to prepare some of them for coursework before the first day of college. The three-week Summer Bridge program is part of an effort to decrease the number of community college students — usually a high percentage — who have to take remedial classes in reading or math during the school year.
Nashville rocker Jessi Zazu, of Those Darlins, has come full circle, from attending the Southern Girls Rock Camp for teenage female musicians, to teaching and performing at the camp.
This year, Zazu debuted a new song about a lack of respect for women in rock — and said she's preparing her students to change the industry.
At camp, the girls choose an instrument to learn, make up band names — think Glitter Bomb or the Atomic Flying Elbows — and design rock ‘n’ roll T-shirts.
Zazu, who is 25, teaches screenprinting and guitar. She’s passing on the same skills and swagger that she learned at camp, starting when she was just 12. She had frizzy brown hair at the time that made her look like a feral child — or like a heavy metal drummer.
Tennessee Senator Bob Corker largely focused on one “what if” question today at a hearing into the Iran nuclear deal. In his words: “What would happen if we decided not to lift our Congressionally mandated sanctions?”
The agreement, as negotiated, calls for stringent limits on Iran’s nuclear activity. In exchange, world powers would lift economic sanctions against Iran. Nicholas Burns is a former diplomat who helped hammer out those sanctions during the Bush Administration. He thinks the deal is a relatively good one.
African American leaders held a pep rally for Angela Huff last night in the hopes of swaying the Nashville school board to reconsider her for the superintendent job. Ministers and politicians lightly suggested her race is playing against her.
“I don’t say that you’re racist, but listen, there’s smoke coming up out the basement and nobody is calling the fire department.”
Pastor Enoch Fuzz called the gathering. Speakers included school board member Tyese Hunter, who has publicly supported Huff.
The largest school district in Middle Tennessee is patting itself on the back for modest improvements over last year. School-level test scores show Metro is making gains faster than the state as a whole.