Students across the region are going back to school this week, including at Nashville’s 150 public schools. I took my recording equipment to Bailey STEM Magnet School, a middle school in East Nashville, where teacher Julie Hasfjord was gathering students for a symbolic start to the first day — with a hot-air balloon made out of tissue paper, no less.
While students are diving back into the school year, their parents and neighbors will be voting on board that governs Metro Nashville Public School district. Ten school board candidates are running for four seats. See our election guide with interviews with all 10 candidates here: Listen: A Q&A With Nashville’s School Board Candidates