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Rise & Shine: Retired Memphis teachers may face roadblocks as they return to fill job vacancies

Happy Friday, all. 

As Gov. Eric Holcomb tours the state in the first weeks of his official re-election campaign, public school teachers are coming out in force. Their plan, according to stories by our newsgathering partners, is to up the pressure on the Republican governor to address their concerns about teacher pay and representation for traditional public schools. 

The group started gathering momentum earlier this summer when public educators clad in bright red — a hallmark of the #RedforEd campaign — brought their complaints about salaries (and how those salaries are negotiated) to a state education employee relations board conference. 

Their protest comes at a time when school districts around the country are scrambling to fill teacher vacancies and attract young people to a profession that’s growing less popular. In Memphis, that means districts are hosting job fairs to get the help they need. Read on to see the details. 

Thanks for reading, 

— Erica Irish, reporter


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