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Nashville-Davidson Co School Board District 8

The school board represents the public s voice in public education, providing oversight for what the public schools need and what the community wants. Duties include employing and evaluating a director of schools; teacher tenure decisions; preparing and approving a budget to present to the Metro Council, and establishing standards and policies governing student attendance and behavior.A school board member must be at least 25 years old, a resident of Davidson County, TN for at least 5 years, a district resident for at least 1 year, and a qualified registered voter. Additionally, candidates shall hold no other elective or appointive public office. Terms are four years, with alternating election of odd and even district representatives every two years.

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    Erin O'Hara Block

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    Amy Pate

Información Biográfica

What qualifies you as the best candidate for this office?

What are the most pressing issues facing the public that you plan to address?

What will be your top priority if you are elected and how will you achieve that goal?

First, I am a proud mom to two J.T. Moore Middle School students. My kids also attended Waverly Belmont Elementary, where I was a founding PTO member. I am a tutor in the district’s High Impact Tutoring program and a previous member of a school improvement team. I’ve also spent more than two decades in education research and policy in Nashville and across Tennessee, so I bring a powerful combination of personal and professional perspectives to the school board. No other candidate in District 8 can offer this breadth and depth of experience.
As a school board member, my priorities will be:

Creating great schools through strong leaders, teachers, and staff. A great school starts with the people in the building and we need to ensure the district provides the resources and structures to recruit, compensate, develop, support and retain high-quality teachers, leaders, counselors, and support staff for every school.

Investing smartly to solve problems. This means ensuring we have the funding that we need to support our schools. We also must focus on the goals of the district AND individual needs of individual schools. Strategic focus on the district’s most pressing problems - early literacy, middle grades math, and preparation for college and career - will lead to progress.
The top priority for MNPS in the coming years is a daily focus on recovery, in both academics and mental health.

After three years of disrupted schooling, students are struggling to learn and teachers struggling to teach when trauma, grief, and other mental health needs go unaddressed.

As a board member, I will rally school leaders, school district officials, community members, and city leadership to ensure Nashville creates integrated systems to support the mental health of students and educators both inside and outside of school.

I would love your support for School Board in District 8, more information on my website www.erinforschools.com. Early voting starts April 13, election day is May 3. Get out and vote Erin O'Hara Block!

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