Rise & Shine: Memphis to commit $6 million for pre-K
Good morning and welcome to Monday!
For many months, we've reported how Memphis education, government, and nonprofit leaders have been coalescing around the need for more pre-K investments. Over the weekend, Mayor Jim Strickland announced a plan to move forward. The new investment is a significant step for the city, which hasn't funded public education since city and county schools merged in 2013.
Meanwhile, an appeal filed Friday by Metro Nashville Public Schools means that the battle over student contact information will continue between Tennessee's charter schools and the state’s second largest district.
—Marta W. Aldrich
PRE-K INVESTMENT Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland announces that the city is committing $6 million to expand pre-kindergarten programs. The Commercial Appeal, The Associated Press, Memphis Daily News, Local Memphis, WMC
BACK TO COURT Nashville’s school district fires the latest volley against the state and its charter schools in a battle that touches on student privacy, school choice, and enrollment. Chalkbeat, The Tennessean
WALKOUT MISFIRE Nashville police charge 10 Antioch High School students for aggravated rioting after they tore down a flag and jumped on a patrol car during last week’s National School Walkout. The Tennessean, WSMV, WTVF, WZTZ
BEYOND HIGH SCHOOL Less than a quarter of Nashville’s 4,480 graduates in 2011 earned a college degree after they left the city’s schools, according to a new report. The Tennessean
COLLEGE READINESS Five things to know about Hamilton County Schools’ Future Ready Institutes, which are small learning communities within 11 of the district’s high schools. Times Free Press, The Associated Press, nooga.com
UNDOCUMENTED STUDENTS State Sen. Todd Gardenhire says his bill to extend in-state tuition to undocumented students is based on economics. Cleveland Daily Banner
FINAL GRADES State lawmakers want to change the way final school grades are calculated for some Tennessee students. WMOT
ARMING TEACHERS Williamson County’s school board tables a resolution that would oppose efforts to arm teachers. The Tennessean
TESTING FOR THE TEST Hawkins County’s board considers adopting the same state pre-tests now being used by high-achieving districts in Maryville, Oak Ridge, and Germantown. Kingsport Times-News
MOBILE LIBRARY Murfreesboro City Schools prepares to take reading on the road this summer. WGNS
GROWTH BUDGET Rutherford County Schools could add more than 200 jobs next year to serve upwards of 1,200 new students. Daily News Journal
Rutherford County budgets for a new elementary school in Smyrna. Daily News Journal
UPGRADES Blount County seeks to renovate two high schools built in the 1970s. The Daily Times
INTEGRATION DILEMMA School choice spurs wealthy families to gentrify neighborhoods but avoid local schools. Chalkbeat
OPINION: WORD OF ADVICE What Dreamers can teach Parkland kids, from the young woman who helped to launch the Dreamer movement. The New York Times