She ran against a heavily funded candidate, who raised and spent $113,000, more than was ever spent for a school board race in Nashville. Frogge’s opponent was endorsed by “Mayor Karl Dean along with a host of special interest groups, ranging from the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce to the local teachers’ union to the education advocacy group Stand for Children. She enjoyed the support of a number of affluent charter school enthusiasts who funneled her $7,100 through a PAC called Great Public Schools. She even aired a series of television ads, virtually unheard of to land a seat on the school board.”
As the Nashville newspaper said, “It was a clear takedown of power brokers.”
Frogge was outspent 5-1.
But she was elected by a 2-1 landslide.
What was her secret? Hard work.
On the other hand, a TFA executive beat the chairwoman of the school board with a war chest of $84,000 and the fervent support of charter school advocates.