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Mayor Barry reads to children at Hall Elementary

Mayor Megan Barry is committed to strengthening Nashville’s public schools and ensuring every child has access to a high-quality public education. The Mayor’s Office Senior Advisor for Education, Laura Moore, works with MNPS and the School Board to strengthen the relationship between our public schools and the Mayor’s Office, while also working with Nashville’s non-profit and educational institutions to promote policies that will spur innovation and support our parents and teachers.

As the 42nd largest school district in the country, 88,000 students are enrolled in Metro Nashville Public Schools. There are 120 different countries represented in the student body. Mayor Barry believes that each student in this large and diverse group deserves a high-quality education that will prepare them for a successful life. She is committed to expanding high quality Pre-K, ensuring that all students have access to effective teachers and leaders, helping students continue their education after high school, and funding schools to meet the needs of curriculum, instruction, support services, and capital improvements. Importantly, Mayor Barry committed to supporting the School Board in its search to hire the next Director of Schools – a partnership she forged her first day in office, which resulted in the hiring of Dr. Shawn Joseph.

Mayor Barry believes that the voices of students, teachers, and parents are crucial to this work, and she actively seeks out formal and informal ways to interact with them and seek their feedback.

Nashville Teacher Cabinet

The Nashville Teacher Cabinet was created in order to serve as a voice for teachers in significant conversations in our city. The cabinet helps to inform decisions as they relate to our school system, but also the many other issues that impact students and teachers beyond classroom walls. The cabinet has: helped the district re- imagine professional development, helped look for ways to improve new teacher on-boarding and support, and helped to form ideas around teacher housing and community support for educators. Serving on the cabinet are teachers with diverse teaching experiences, including those working in elementary, middle, and high school levels, as well as teachers in zoned, magnet, and charter schools. Members also represent various points of professional careers.

Nashville Parent Cabinet

The Nashville Parent Cabinet represents a diverse group of MNPS parents who provide feedback on various education initiatives and strategies. Their authentic feedback assists in our efforts to improve schools and school experiences. The cabinet has: provided instrumental feedback to the Director of School's Transition Team, weighed in on what parent engagement should look like, and given input on the SchoolFinder website. Members represent a diverse mix of grade levels, neighborhoods, and types of schools.

Nashville Teacher Housing

A key part of Mayor Barry's housing priorities is housing for working professionals, like teachers. Launched in coordination with MNPS and Alignment Nashville, the Nashville Teacher Housing website is meant to be a place for educators to find housing options that they can afford, along with information, resources, and other special offers. For more information on housing initiatives, visit the Mayor's Office of Housing.