The appointment of a homeschool mom and activist, Kay Brooks, to the Nashville Metro school board created a sensation in Tennessee.Â Some people think it’s fine for an ‘outside the box’ thinker to be on the school board.Â Other people think it undermines public education.
- Nashville City Paper, Nashville, Tennessee, 17 May 2006, Home-school mother appointed to School BoardÂ Â Â Â
After a hasty two-week appointment process to fill Rev. Lisa Huntâ€™s vacant School Board seat, Kay Brooks defeated Gracie Porter by a one-vote margin at Tuesdayâ€™s Metro Council meeting.Â Â Â Â
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[Councilman Michael] Craddock avoided mentioning that Brooks has home-schooled her four children â€“ a fact that alarmed several council members in a committee meeting before the vote.
I have to wonder what the rest of the board think Mrs. Brooks will do that is so alarming.Â As with other homeschool-related news items, Google has a list of reports, and links to Mrs. Brooks’s blogs.
An interesting commentary is at the Corn and Oil blog from Illinois, where the Ryan family also has experience with the homeschooler-on-school-board phenomenon.