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Mayor David Briley Statement on Reward and Priority Schools Lists

Judith Byrd (615) 862-6461; c: (615) 761-6694

The State Department of Education just released its Reward and Priority schools lists.

I congratulate the 22 Metro schools that achieved Reward status. This is a testament to the hard work of Metro teachers, principals and students and a nod to the many bright spots in Metro Schools.

Metro Schools now also has 21 schools on the state's Priority list of 82, which is an increase of 6 schools from the 2014 Priority list. This tells us that thousands of Metro students are not getting the education they deserve, particularly low-income students and students of color. This is unacceptable.

My vision is for Nashville to be a city that supports ALL its residents. As an immediate measure, we must learn from schools that are closing achievement gaps for students here in Nashville and share what is working with the rest of the district. I will also be working with city leaders, school officials and the state to reach actionable conclusions and move swiftly to address these disparities.