As One Nashville School Quietly Re-Segregates, A Group Of Parents Pushes Back


Tucked away on a leafy side street in East Nashville, Lockeland Elementary Design Center is ranked the fourth-best in the district. But in recent years, the student body at Lockeland has gone from half African-American to nearly all white. It’s a shift so stark that a group of parents say the school must do something to change it.

Parents like Brandy Berry Fenderson, whose daughter, Ella, is a third grader.

Fenderson, who is white, had moved into the neighborhood in 2011. She was drawn to the school for its stellar academics, it’s small size and how close it was to their new home. At that point, Lockeland was nearly a third African-American.

That also appealed to Fenderson since Ella is biracial. “We definitely…

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