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.