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.

Happy reading!

—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