Wendy Tucker of Project Renaissance, which oversees Nashville Rise, is in the Tennessean disputing the lies made from a handful of school board members. Wendy Tucker does a great job at laying down the facts around Nashville Rise and Project Renaissance.
Like I have previously written about, Tucker first discusses that one of Will Pinkston’s demands was a list of schools that the parents of Nashville Rise send their kids.
We sincerely hope Mr. Pinkston is interested in the needs of all children in his district and across Nashville, not just of those who attend schools he condones.
She then delves into the fighting back the lies that have been spread.
Hasn’t Project Renaissance/Nashville Rise hidden their funding from everyone? Not true.
When reporters asked for our Schedule of Contributors, we provided it immediately. When The Tennessean asked for our tax return, we provided that immediately as well.
Isn’t Project Renaissance funded by the Eli Broad Foundation? Not true.
Mr. Pinkston and school board member Amy Frogge have attacked the Eli Broad Foundation and continue to insist that they are funding our work. We have never requested or received funding from the Broad Foundation.
What about the allegations Project Renaissance recruited Amy Frogge’s opponent? Not true.
We have also been accused of political activity, including a claim by Ms. Frogge on her public Facebook page that we recruited her opponent. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Project Renaissance has not engaged in any political activity, including recruiting candidates or participating in political campaigns, and our organization is not endorsing or advancing the cause of any candidates in this or any election.
Doesn’t Project Renaissance support vouchers and employ lobbyists? Not true.
We are not supporting vouchers. We do not employ a lobbyist and do not engage in any lobbying at the state legislature.
Sitting school board members are to blame for this false spread of information. It’s sad that our elected officials would rather spread lies than discuss education with Nashville’s parents.
Public officials should be mindful of the irreparable harm that false accusations cause. While lively debate is a reality in the education arena, defamation takes things too far.
Wendy Tucker again extends the invitation to the forum to Pinkston, Frogge, and Jill Speering.
Are these school board members too afraid to talk to a group of diverse parents? It looks that way so far.