Facebook comments about teachers by MNPS board member called 'unbelievable' and 'unprofessional'

MNPS board member Fran Bush
Posted at 4:33 PM, Jan 25, 2021

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A Metro school board member is accused of threatening teachers. The questionable comments, which were posted to Facebook this weekend, are now headed to the Metro School Board for review.

"The tone of her post was so unprofessional that it just really shocked me," said Amanda Kail, president of the Metro Nashville Education Association.

Amanda Kail said initially, she planned to file complaints with both the Metro Board of Ethical Conduct and the Ethics Committee of the School Board. However, she ended up only filing a complaint with the school board.

On Saturday, after posting her displeasure with the special legislative session on education, she received this reply from MNPS board member Fran Bush.

Enough of your bull! We are going to open in person soon. Either you want to teach or quit your day job with MNPS, I am sick of your tactics and your agenda!! Our kids deserves better than this and they will not be held as pawns to your demands. Girl bye!!!
Fran Bush

According to Fran Bush, she wrote the comments on the Facebook thread and replied to several teachers because she felt like the students weren't being prioritized.

"The whole conversation that I witnessed was basically about themselves, not about the children," Fran Bush said.

Still, Kail said she was shocked by the nature of the comments.

"To watch her to continue to attack Metro teachers, who were simply saying we have safety concerns, the fact that she was telling them to quit, the fact that she was telling them to identify where they worked, and hinting at if they wanted to continue to work there they should watch what they say [that] was just unbelievable to me," Kail said.

Bush is not bothered that she will be the subject of potentially two ethics investigations.

"She wants to file an ethics complaint? If that's the most you want to do to me, that's fine because at the end of the day I won't stop fighting for these children," Bush said.

According to MNPS, the school board's governance committee may take up the matter Tuesday at 3 p.m.