"Stay the course" on Common Core classroom standards and think about free rides to school for students who take MTA buses were two of five recommendations Monday from the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce in its annual Education Report Card for Metro-Nashville Public Schools.
The complete list of recommendations from the chamber included:
Metro schools should take decisive action toward discontinuing their persistently lowest-performing, under-enrolled school programs under the new district Academic Performance Framework.
Metro schools should implement an aggressive strategy to recruit and retain high-performing bilingual teachers.
Metro government should allow enrolled K-12 students to ride Metropolitan Transit Authority buses at no cost to the student, making school choice a real possibility for Nashville's students and families.
The Tennessee General Assembly should stay the course in implementing Common Core State Standards and the corresponding PARCC assessment.
Metro Schools should implement a strategy to communicate with parents, teachers, students and the broader public about the increased rigor and higher expectations that correspond with Common Core Standards.
The release came with remarks from both Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and MNPS Director of Schools Jesse Register.
Dean picked up on the Chamber recommendation to discontinue "persistently lowest-performing programs" by adding he did not want to fund educational techniques not working in what will be a tight budget year.
Dr. Register cited various areas such as "underutilized facilities" where the system could save money.
Both addressed the continuing controversy over the issue of charter schools using education funds, and what it does and doesn't take away from other parts of the school budget.