Nashville is well-known for its top universities, thriving health care industry, and music scene. But it's also home to an incredibly stark level of inequity, especially in the school system.
Ten years from now, we’re going to remember this as the decade when the people of
came together to change the life prospects for our children. Nashville
About Greater Nashville
As a river port and railroad center, Nashville attracted a diverse population from its inception in 1779. It has continued to flourish as a destination for citizens and immigrants of varied income levels. Nashville’s famous music, top universities, and thriving health care industry often deflect attention from an incredibly stark level of inequity, especially in the school system. Case in point: in 2011, just 66 of 1,000 seniors at the city’s five highest-poverty high schools—Stratford, Pearl Cohn, Whites Creek, Maplewood, and Glencliff—achieved an ACT score that indicated they were prepared to enter college or a career.
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She started her career at Bain and Company and then worked on education cases for the Bridgespan Group before joining the KIPP charter network and launching schools in Houston, New Orleans, and Nashville. So inspired by seeing Teach For America alumni expanding opportunities for students, Shani became a corps member and taught math in Houston (in the district where she was educated) before joining Teach For America staff on the recruitment team. She now leads Teach For America’s Greater Nashville region and believes our city can become a place where every child, including her daughter, has a great school to attend.