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Breaking: Education reform operative and teachers union leader nominated for vacant school board seat

By: - June 24, 2020 1:34 pm
Metro Nashville Schools

Metro Nashville Public Schools

Education reform operative John Little and teachers union board member Erick Huth are among the five nominees to fill the vacant Metro Nashville Public Schools board seat following the death of board chairwoman Anna Shepherd earlier this month.

Little has worked as a consultant and organizer for a number of groups that support education reform initiatives, including launching more charter schools. Little helped launch Memphis Lift and Nashville Propel, which encourage parent engagement on the issues of equity. Those groups were launched by the Public Advocate Fellowship, which was co-founded by Little and Natasha Kamrani, who is the former director of the Tennessee chapter of Democrats for Education Reform.

John Little, III (Photo: Facebook)
John Little, III (Photo: Facebook)

Little has also listed Tennessee Charter School Center as a client and aided the campaigns of pro-education reform candidates for school board.

Huth serves on the board of the Metropolitan Nashville Education Association and has been an active pro-teachers union voice in local politics.

In addition to Little and Huth, nominees are Stephanie Bradford, former Hillsboro High principal Steve Chauncy and Berthena Nabaa McKinney. 

Metro Council will fill the vacant seat at its July 21 meeting. The seat is open following the death of Shepherd, who was 68.

Some council insiders consider Bradford a favorite for the appointment.


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Nate Rau
Nate Rau

Nate Rau has a granular knowledge of Nashville’s government and power brokers, having spent more than a decade with the Tennessean, navigating the ins and outs of government deals as an investigative reporter. During his career at The Tennessean and The City Paper, he covered the music industry and Metro government and won praise for hard-hitting series on concussions in youth sports and deaths at a Tennessee drug rehabilitation center. In a state of Titans and Vols fans, Nate is an unabashed Green Bay Packers and Chicago Cubs fan. 615-498-5202