Vesia Wilson-Hawkins

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Nashville, Tennessee

Vesia Wilson-Hawkins is a former Metro Nashville Public Schools student, parent and staffer. She is a staunch advocate for better public school options, particularly for the Black community in her hometown. She doesn’t care if that school is run through a charter or is managed by the district, as long as it is providing a good option for the families who for too long have been underserved.

With her background in the education sector, Vesia also keeps a watchful eye on Tennessee’s efforts to provide equitable education and accountability to low-income kids and students of color, especially as the state complies with the new federal education law, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Vesia blogs about all this and more at Volume and Light Nashville.

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Posted Nov. 25, 2019

Our Collective Blackness No Longer Has Value to You Once We Cross Your Party Line

After a month of not writing, I took to Twitter to share some thoughts about the nasty fallout from the protest of…

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Posted Jan. 23, 2018

Here Are the Real MVPs of National School Choice Week

It’s National School Choice Week (NSCW)! All week, we’re celebrating those who work to provide available and accessible, high-quality options for…

By Vesia Wilson-Hawkins

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Posted Dec. 15, 2017

I’m a Black Woman and I Don’t Want Your ‘Thank You’

It seemed like all of America voted in Alabama’s Senate election this week. Everyone had something to say about the…

By Vesia Wilson-Hawkins

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Posted Oct. 25, 2017

VIDEO: My Mom Overcame Her Drug Addiction and Gave Me a Chance at a Real Education

I grew up in a home with my mom and two younger siblings. My mother spent most of my childhood…

By Vesia Wilson-Hawkins

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Posted Aug. 7, 2017

7 Back-to-School Things That Drive Parents Crazy

Look, I’ve been in your worn out shoes with the holes in the big toe area. For most Nashville public…

By Vesia Wilson-Hawkins

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Posted July 14, 2017

Mia Howard Shows a Good School Needs Both the Soft Stuff and the Hard Data

A school that bakes parent engagement into its strategy for student success is a school after my own heart. Intrepid…

By Vesia Wilson-Hawkins

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Posted May 10, 2017

Coffee Break: Charter School Leader Shaka Mitchell on TEDx Talks, Justice and Shaking Things Up in Music City

Shaka Mitchell, leader of Nashville’s Rocketship schools, is a jack of all trades. The avid runner, former attorney and recent…

By Vesia Wilson-Hawkins

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Posted Feb. 13, 2017

#MyBlackHistory: The Teachers Who Worked to Get Me to College and the Strangers Who Helped Me Finish

There were a couple of teachers who looked beyond my aimlessness and lack of motivation, and instead saw a sliver of potential.…

By Vesia Wilson-Hawkins

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Posted Jan. 18, 2017

Coffee Break: Mendell Grinter on Advocating for Kids Like Him to Beat the Odds

Few 20-somethings have a LinkedIn profile that reads like a professional whose experiences expand over a couple of decades. Perhaps…

By Vesia Wilson-Hawkins

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Posted Oct. 10, 2016

Nashville’s Superintendent Should Just Ignore Diane Ravitch’s Fire and Brimstone

“Autocratic, power-hungry, tone-deaf bureaucrat.” These are the venom-laced words written by Diane Ravitch, reverend of edu-righteousness, in a recent blog…

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Posted Dec. 10, 2019

Democrats Are Finally Talking Public Education, But You Probably Won’t Be Invited to the Table

I couldn’t believe it. Finally, education was going to take center stage at the 2020 Public Education Forum. All the major Democratic candidates (and some…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Dec. 5, 2019

When Disney’s ‘Frozen II’ Represents Indigenous Peoples Better Than Elementary Schools, There’s a Problem

As I sat with my 7-year-old daughter and her friends in a movie theater for a showing of “Frozen II,” I was fascinated. No, it wasn’t…

By Gina Caneva

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Posted Dec. 5, 2019

We Were Making Progress on School Discipline Until Betsy DeVos Came Along

At the turn of the century, in 1999, I was graduating from high school, motivated to enter the teaching profession with a passion to reform…

By Kelisa Wing

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