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|Board member, Metropolitan Nashville Board of Education, District 4|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||August 7, 2014|
|Next general||August 2018|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Elections
- 3 Campaign themes
- 4 What was at stake?
- 5 About the district
- 6 Recent news
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- 9 References
Anna Shepherd is the District 4 incumbent on the Metropolitan Nashville Board of Education in Tennessee. She defeated challengers Rhonda F. Dixon and Pam Swoner in the general election on August 7, 2014.
Shepherd is an active community member, having participated in various organizations over the past 25 years. She and her husband, Larry, have three children.
The August 7, 2014, general election ballot for District 2 included incumbent Jo Ann Brannon and candidates Edward Arnold and Bernie Driscoll. The District 4 ballot included incumbent Anna Shepherd and candidates Rhonda F. Dixon and Pam Swoner. District 6 incumbent Cheryl Mayes faced Tyese R. Hunter. The District 8 ballot included candidates Mary Pierce and Becky Sharpe.
|Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, District 4, 4-year term, 2014|
|Nonpartisan||Anna Shepherd Incumbent||38.4%||2,348|
|Nonpartisan||Rhonda F. Dixon||35.1%||2,151|
|Source: Davidson County Election Commission, "Unofficial Results," accessed August 7, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.|
The Nashville Election Commission does not publish and freely disclose school board candidate campaign finance reports.
Shepherd was endorsed by the Metro Nashville Education Association, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, Women In Numbers and Stand For Children, a local action group.
Shepherd stated the following as major issues facing the district on her website:
McGavock High School
What was at stake?
Issues in the election
Outside spending and charter schools
As debating over charter school regulations has increased in recent years, more outside money was funneled into school board races in Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. This is a drastic contrast to years back, when races were generally described as low-cost and low-stake. As of June 2014, CEOs, investors, business executives, doctors, lawyers, parents and homemakers have all pooled over a quarter million dollars into this year's school board races. And those with the biggest contributions in their war chests were candidates on board with charter schools. Candidates Rhonda F. Dixon, Bernie Driscoll, Tyese R. Hunter and Mary Pierce maintained a positive view on charter schools and their effect on the district, while incumbents Jo Ann Brannon, Cheryl Mayes, Anna Shepherd and candidate Becky Sharpe were less enthusiastic about their implementation. The Nashville Chamber of Commerce contributed a significant amount of money into the race, splitting $30,000 up amongst the three incumbent board members and District 6 candidate Mary Pierce.
Views on Common Core
A large issue in the Metropolitan Nashville school board race proved to be Common Core, with candidates expressing varying views on how the district should respond to the national education standard. District 4 candidate Pam Swoner maintained that the standards are too confusing for children, saying that the nation, "[needs] to go back to a basic structure where there is fundamental information given to the children and give them some time outside so they can run and play and make them happy.” District 2 candidate Bernie Driscoll differed from Swoner, claiming that the standards aren't stringent enough. All three incumbents who ran for re-election, Jo Ann Brannon in District 2, Anna Shepherd in District 4 and Cheryl Mayes in District 6 stand behind Common Core. According to Mayes, those who oppose the standards "don’t really understand it."
About the districtDavidson County, Tennessee. The county seat of Davidson County is Nashville. Davidson County is home to 626,681 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau. Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools is the second-largest school district in Tennessee, serving 80,393 students during the 2011-2012 school year.
Davidson County overperformed in comparison to the rest of Tennessee in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 35.0 percent of Davidson County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 23.5 percent for Tennessee as a whole. The median household income in Davidson County was $46,676 compared to $44,140 for the state of Tennessee. The poverty rate in Davidson County was 18.5 percent compared to 17.3 percent for the entire state.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
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- Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools, Tennessee
- Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools elections (2014)
- Reelect Anna Shepherd, "About," accessed July 24, 2014
- Reelect Anna Shepherd, "Issues," accessed July 24, 2014
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- Nashville Public Radio, "Nashville School Board Candidates Wander All Over The Map On Common Core," July 21, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Davidson County, Tennessee," accessed July 8, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed July 8, 2014
- Tennessee Secretary of State, "Election Results," accessed June 26, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
|2014 Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools Elections|
|Davidson County, Tennessee|
|Election date:||August 7, 2014|
|Candidates:||District 2: • Incumbent, Jo Ann Brannon • Edward Arnold • Bernie Driscoll |
District 8: • Mary Pierce • Becky Sharpe
|Important information:||Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|