Who We Are

Public School Partners is a collaboration of policy and communications specialists who support sound decision-making in public education. We provide technical assistance to help school districts manage the growth of publicly funded, privately run charter schools.

Will Pinkston

Will Pinkston


Will Pinkston served as a top aide to former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, helping to expand pre-kindergarten programs, raise teacher pay, and modernize the state’s education funding formula. He managed a statewide campaign to raise academic standards, which made Tennessee the fastest-improving state in the history of the Nation’s Report Card. He sat on the founding board of a charter school and, through that experience, grew skeptical of the charter movement. From 2012 to 2019, he served on the local school board in Nashville, Tenn., and witnessed firsthand the negative fiscal impact that charters have on traditional schools. Before working in and around education, Pinkston was a reporter for the Wall Street Journal. He is the author of “Race to the Bottom: How Bad Actors Tried to Destroy Public Education.”


What We Do

Our areas of expertise include:

Policy & Research

We help school districts adopt rigorous standards for reviewing charter school applications and initiate research to analyze charters’ fiscal impact on traditional schools.

Legal & Legislative

We help school districts implement legal and legislative measures to ensure accountability and transparency in charter schools — and stamp out waste, fraud, and abuse.

Communications & Engagement

We help school districts develop research-based tools to engage key stakeholders and communicate the challenges of unabated charter growth.


Public School Partners is available for consultations to discuss how our technical assistance can fit the needs of school districts, superintendents, school boards, employee associations, and local officials. To learn more — and to receive our briefing, “Getting Ahead and Staying Ahead of Privatization” — call or reach out using the form below.

Call us

P: 865.257.9391