Frists donate $3M to Teach For America

Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at 7:17pm
Staff reports

Tommy and Julie Frist have donated $3 million to support Teach For America in Nashville over the next three years.

The donation is meant to help recruit, train and develop up to 400 teaching candidates over the next three years for Teach For America. In addition, the gift aims to support leadership development of alumni in teaching, school leadership, social entrepreneurship, public policy and other areas addressing education and poverty, accord to a Teach for America news release.

“We are so grateful for the leadership of Tommy and Julie Frist — for their belief in the possibility of meaningful educational change and their willingness to invest their personal time, energy and resources in the effort,” said Wendy Kopp, chief executive officer and founder of Teach For America.

“Nashville is ground zero for educational reform and has an unprecedented opportunity to close the achievement gap that exists between students from high income and low income communities,” Tommy Frist said.

This year, almost 150 Teach For America corps members are working with 11,000 students in the Nashville area, according to the organization, which partners with traditional and charter public schools as an additional source of teachers for schools in low-income areas.

Teach For America launched in Nashville in 2009 with help from Mayor Karl Dean as well as local philanthropic and community leaders. Corps members currently teach in more than 55 schools.

5 Comments on this post:

By: NewYorker1 on 5/3/12 at 8:12

What a waste of 3M dollars. Doesn't he know how much Louis Vuitton that could buy. Damn, I hate to hear about people wasting their hard-earned money on this type of crap.

By: edsupp on 5/3/12 at 10:49

Wow! A donation of three million dollars to an organization who trains proven leaders in other fields how to teach in poverty stricken areas. Yet those of us passionate teachers who have gone out of our way for kids get nothing but a new evaluation system designed to make us fail. Works out great, people who didnt want to be with kids get rewarded and get to come in and try to be a hero and save the world, yet those of us busting our tails for kids because we actually wanted to help get a slap in the face. Education will only improve when politicians stay out of education and let proven teachers teach and teach others how to teach.

By: tomba1 on 5/3/12 at 11:18

Wonderful. Let's put the numbers to a test. 150 "teachers", w/o teaching experience or masters degrees in anything, "teaching" 11,000 students. That divides to 73 students per "teacher" per day. Now divide that 73 into say 6 class periods and guess what, they have a class size of 12! Now, granted, that's probably all these people could handle with no training or experience, but metro's class sizes are double and triple that number and kopp and the frists know it.

All of the frists should keep their powder dry and use their wealth to fund long term solutions to problems they perceive as worthy. This teach thing is merely a short term temporary job creation ploy that will provide short-term employment to folks who will soon move on to other careers while depriving well educated and properly trained career teachers the opportunity to pursue their passion. And dean wants to raise the starting pay to $ 40k to pay these people!

But if the frists and others joined forces and raised some big bucks, perhaps they could do something to spare the entire community from the dean/reibling raping of the property owners in Nashville. That would be far better than throwing a mere $ 3 mil into the sticky hands of some politically motivated non-profit.

By: NewYorker1 on 5/3/12 at 1:19

Give me 3 mil and see how much I twirl through Neiman Marcus.

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