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Rise & Shine: Male educators make more money than female ones, new studies say

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PAY DISPARITY  In the female-dominated field of education, women still lag behind men in pay, according to two new studies. Chalkbeat

STUDENT VOICES  Memphis high school students offer advice to teachers-in-training through Teach For America. Chalkbeat

REGROUPING  The Memphis group seeking to convert nine private Catholic schools to public charters plans to revise the proposal after administrators for Shelby County Schools recommended rejection. WMC

THUMBS UP  Education Commissioner Candice McQueen’s decision to rebid the state’s TNReady contract and slow the transition to computerized exams draws praise from district leaders. The Daily Times, Johnson City Press, The Greeneville Sun

STEM MONEY  The Toyota USA Foundation awards $100,000 in grants for STEM education to five Jackson-Madison County middle schools. WBBJ, The Jackson Sun

BLOCK PARTIES  A series of neighborhood parties at various Memphis schools aims to provide safe summertime experiences for students and their families. Local Memphis

BUDGET SEASON  Facing a $3.5 million budget gap, Nashville school leaders make a plea for more funding from metro government. The Tennessean

DIPLOMA DILEMMA  Metro Nashville has increased its high school graduation rate since 2011, but one in five students don’t graduate on time. The Tennessean

SCHOOL SECURITY  A Sullivan County commissioner proposes funding to put an SRO on every school campus in the county. WJHL

PACKING UP  A Knox County school that provides an alternative pathway to high school graduation will move out of a shopping mall and into a district-owned building. Knoxville News Sentinel

FILLING THE GAP  Roane County Schools turns to a former director as the district’s leader on the heels of Leah Watkins’ resignation. Roane County News

CHARTER DENIAL  Robertson County’s school board denies a new charter school application for a Springfield-based elementary school. The Tennessean

UP UP AND AWAY  Middle Tennessee State University’s seventh annual aviation camp gives 34 middle and high school students hands-on experience about flight and aerodynamics. Daily News Journal

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION  A group of Hamilton County teachers return from the Georgia coast with environmental lessons to teach their students. Times Free Press 

EL PUEBLO  A language immersion camp helps Hamilton County students learn Spanish in a supportive and fun environment. Times Free Press

TEACHER STRIKES  Now it’s North Carolina’s turn. How did we get here, and what’s next? NPRed