Can RESET rally Nashville around educational goals?

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“To do our mission we felt we had to set the table for a larger conversation where lots of different groups come and talk more thoughtfully,” Shannon Hunt, NPEF CEO and President. 

Project LIFT began with two businessmen asking how Charlotte, N.C., could be more strategic in helping effect change in schools.

Those talks four years ago propelled community leaders and the Foundation For The Carolinas to help rally a city behind raising the level of educational outcomes in some of the lowest performing schools, said Denise Watts, LIFT’s learning community superintendent.

The ongoing public-private nonprofit partnership has had successes and failures. But lessons from Charlotte and other cities are invaluable in creating outcomes the Nashville Public Education Foundation hopes for here, according to the Project RESET report compiled by The Parthenon Group.

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Photo by John Partipilo/ The Tennessean.