When President Barack Obama touched down in Nashville last month to continue his State of the Union message about career-oriented education, he went out to McGavock Comprehensive High School, which has been redesigned as an “Academies of Nashville” model school with the help of a federal School Improvement Grant and the assistance of local businesses and industries. His message, boiled down to its essence, was this:
“A quality education shouldn’t be something that other kids get. It should be something that all our kids get.”
A long red Jaguar pulled up to the full-service pumps at Fountain City EXXON shortly after noon on a busy Monday. The young woman at the wheel got out and looked around, clearly wanting something other than a standard business transaction.
Owner Alvin Frye, who at 88 wears glasses only to read and is lighter on his feet than many 40 year olds, trotted out of the office see what was up and returned a few minutes later with a state-issued ID card in his hand.