Rise & Shine: Memphis leaders are developing Shelby County Schools’ first academic plan since the merger

Happy Monday!

Two years ago, Memphis leaders unveiled their priorities for transforming public education in Shelby County Schools by 2025.

Now, they’re honing the strategies aimed at getting them there. Starting tomorrow, the district will launch a series of community meetings to field feedback on their upcoming academic plan. Find out more, including how you can weigh in, in today's story.

Caroline, community editor

NEW GAMEPLAN A community listening tour kicks off this week as Chief of Schools Sharon Griffin hones strategies aimed at reaching Shelby County Schools’ 2025 goals. Chalkbeat

POTENTIAL BREAKOFF Signal Mountain, a suburb of Chattanooga, is planning meetings to talk next steps for independent school system viability. Times Free Press

TENNESSE PROMISE Almost 85 percent of all graduating Tennessee high school students this year signed up for Tennessee Promise. The Tennessean, WDEF

NATIONAL AWARD Only two schools in Tennessee receive designation from the National PTA’s School Of Excellence and both are in Hamilton County — Allen Elementary School and Loftis Middle School. Times Free Press

BREAKING GROUND The first new Sullivan County school since 1980 is set for groundbreaking. Kingsport Times-News

MCQUEEN ADDRESS Commissioner Candice McQueen will address the Rutherford County and Murfreesboro City school boards over issues including incorrect scoring of TNReady tests and teacher evaluations. WGNS

REDISTRICTING After one school redistricting proposal was criticized by parents, officials with Collierville Schools will discuss a second version of the plan during a public meeting. The Commercial Appeal

NEW PROJECTS The Dickson County school board, in a slight change to a mid-October vote, will now seek the county commission’s consent to begin construction of a middle school as well as modifications to three elementary schools. The Tennessean

VOLS FOOTBALL Donors were still delivering tickets to Saturday’s University of Tennessee football game right up to the final bell last week at South Knox Elementary School. Knoxville News Sentinel

EDITORIAL Should schools do more to better student health? Johnson City Press