Every child in Nashville deserves access to a great public education. With the Nashville Public Education Foundation’s Innovation Fund, it’s possible. The Innovation Fund will support initiatives to increase the college-going rate, tackle early childhood deficits, grow teacher and principal talent, and cut the number of underperforming schools. Our investments in these areas will require innovative, outside-the-box thinking.
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How we treat Nashville’s public schools reveals our character and our priorities. The Nashville Public Education Foundation reminds us of this truth with its tireless work to ensure all of Nashville’s children receive the quality education they need and deserve. Mayor Megan Barry
Nashville is fortunate to have such strong private-sector support for its public schools, especially at a time when Nashville is at the forefront of national education reform efforts. The Foundation plays a critical role in marshaling the community and financial support needed for students to succeed. Karl Dean, Former Mayor of Nashville
The issue of public education is both important and emotional; good people can and do strongly disagree. The Nashville Public Education Foundation plays a vital role in helping Nashville come together to support its public schools in a thoughtful, constructive way.
Phil Bredesen, Former Governor of Tennessee
I see firsthand the impact the Nashville Public Education Foundation is having. There’s just no reason every school in Metro can’t be excellent but it will take everyone doing their part. The foundation makes that possible.
Terri Patton, Parent
We are so thankful organizations like the Public Education Foundation exist. Communities like Nashville need independent voices that cut through the chatter and mobilize the community in big ways to support and scale what works for students, families, and our city.
Shani Dowell, Teach for America Nashville
There is no issue more important to this community’s overall prosperity than education. That’s why the Chamber has made that our No. 1 priority. We are fortunate to have such a strong partner in the Foundation as we work collectively to rally the community behind the changes and improvements necessary to have truly excellent public schools.
Ralph Schulz, Chamber of Commerce
There are many good organizations working to improve our public schools but few have their eyes so clearly trained on real, transformational change.
Orrin Ingram, CEO Ingram Industries
From parents to CEOs, the music industry to high tech, South Nashville to North Nashville, the Foundation has proven itself the glue necessary to bring the city together behind public school excellence. Brenda Wynn, Davidson County Clerk
The Public Education Foundation is at the heart of Nashville’s ability to harness the great talent, creativity and financial support of this community to bring about lasting change and improvement of our schools. Their involvement is invaluable to the work we do. Dr. Jesse Register, former Director of Schools
The Public Education Foundation has been a critical partner in helping us insure our investment in Metro Schools is having the right kind of impact. They understand where we’re coming from and help make sure others share that vision. Their role is absolutely essential.
Joe Galante, Country Music Association Foundation