Priorities folks. What are our priorities? Is education first or not? The children don't have four years. We know that the 9th grade year can be pivotal. Four years from now will they have graduated? Or will we just then find the time to turn our attention to their needs? Hundreds are dropping out every year. This man's own son among them. How many of those lives is a hockey franchise worth? (Answer: maybe 100 a month. See the comments section).
Much of Mayor Karl Dean's fledgling administration has been consumed by talks about the Nashville Predators' arena lease, taking attention away from some key appointments and a push to reduce the city's high school dropout rate.
George Phillips, an Oak Hill parent whose son dropped out of high school, has expressed interest in serving on [Mayor Karl Dean's education] advisory group. But he said resolving the Predators issue should come first.
"It's a more urgent concern at the moment," Phillips said. "He's got four years to get to all that other stuff." Tennessean
If we get these two things right, economic development will follow.
It's all connected."
Karl Dean, candidate for mayor.