NEXT LEADER Four candidates are in the running to become the next leader of Tennessee’s state-run turnaround district, including one who is based in Memphis. Chalkbeat

BACK IN TOWN Chris Barbic, the founding superintendent of Tennessee’s turnaround district says the effort needs more time to see if it truly works. Chalkbeat

RACE & CLASS More black Memphians have completed high school and college compared to 50 years ago, but those gains have not corresponded with a drop in child poverty. Chalkbeat

SCHOOL SAFETY U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee introduces legislation that would allow schools to use federal money to hire more counselors and make changes for building safety such as installing new alarm systems and security cameras. The Tennessean

Tennessee has more than twice the national average of incidents where students bring firearms to school, according to the state’s education chief. The Jackson Sun

Decrying the gun violence that millions of children in the U.S. witness each year, 150 Memphis mothers make their way to Nashville to lobby against bills that would arm teachers and reduce penalties for gun owners without a permit. Local Memphis

Governor candidate Karl Dean says schools should have more law enforcement officers in schools and not arm teachers. The Daily Times

READER REWARDS About 4,000 Memphis elementary students celebrate reading six books in six weeks through an incentive program by the Memphis Grizzlies. Local Memphis

SURVEY SAYS Most Nashvillians approve of Director of Schools Shawn Joseph after about a year and a half in the position, according to a recent Vanderbilt University poll. The Tennessean

BUDGET WOES Nashville principals receive order to freeze any non-staff expenses under an anticipated budget shortfall. The Tennessean


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