The Nashville Public Education Foundation premiered its documentary “By Design: The Shaping of Nashville’s Public Schools” at the Belcourt Theatre on Tuesday night, showing roughly 200 city, state, school and community leaders the film, which aims to set the stage for conversations about education policy.

Pointedly, it looked to draw attention to the ways policies from the city, state and school district have shaped the landscape of education in Nashville today through a historical lens, complete with interviews from people instrumental in shaping those policies and from those who had to live with them, including desegregation policies like busing and redlining, which created lasting challenges for schools.

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