When Pedro Garcia, Nashville's top public school leader, says he wants more input from parents and the community, he means it.

In a gutsy move that might be a first for the nation, Garcia recently invited the entire community to grade his performance via an online survey.

For three weeks, parents could rank Garcia on everything from parent communication and collaboration to creating clear goals and the quality of their children's education. Nearly 2,400 parents responded.

The brainchild of parent volunteer David Kern,...

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