Rise & Shine: Bill to arm some Tennessee teachers with guns on hold for now

Good morning!

A few days can change things. On Monday, state Rep. David Byrd was named to Gov. Bill Haslam's task force on school safety. On Tuesday, he delayed his controversial bill that would open the door to arming teachers in Tennessee. Read what Byrd is looking to the governor for — and why he thinks his bill has a chance to pass if he resurrects it.

Also, for our Memphis-area readers: Be sure to put March 15th on your calendars for Chalkbeat's next "office hours."  You can meet our reporting team — and we can't wait to hear your story ideas, questions, and feedback.

—Marta W. Aldrich, bureau chief


SCHOOL SAFETY  A Tennessee lawmaker delays his proposal to arm some teachers with handguns while the state conducts a review of school safety. Chalkbeat 

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s office deflects criticisms for not naming any Democrats to a new 17-member working group on school safety. Times Free Press, The Tennessean

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander speaks on the Senate floor about his new bill aimed at improving school safety and mental health services. Adios, WBIR, Education Week

Bradley County’s sheriff plans to set up armed security booths in front of two high schools to monitor who comes and goes from the campuses. WDEF, Times Free Press

Some Tennessee schools see a spike in school-related threats in the wake of the deadly school shooting in Florida last month. Times Free Press, WKRN

BUDGET PRIORITIES  Nashville schools Director Shawn Joseph apologizes for a lack of communication about the district’s budget, but he’s not sorry for its focus on the city’s neediest schools. The Tennessean

PAYING FOR SCHOOLS  Bolstered by a top bond rating, Hamilton County prices a record $195 million of bonds, most of which will pay for school construction projects. Times Free Press

SUPERINTENDENT SEARCHES  Rutherford County narrows its list of superintendent candidates to four, including three local applicants. Daily News Journal, Murfreesboro Post

Cannon County receives 10 applications to lead its district. Cannon Courier

MIKE LOONEY  Williamson County’s superintendent is due in court March 27 for a misdemeanor assault charge stemming from an incident at Franklin High School. The Tennessean

OOLTEWAH CASE  A federal judge recuses himself from a pair of 2016 civil lawsuits related to the Ooltewah High School rape, citing a law that deals with impartiality. Times Free Press

MOVERS & SHAKERS  Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke is appointed co-chair of the National League of Cities 2018 Council on Youth, Education, and Families. Times Free Press

BE A DOCTOR  Rural high school students wanting to become physicians are invited to a summer camp hosted by the medical school at East Tennessee State University. WJHL

PUBLIC ART  High school students in Gallatin will turn recycling bins into works of art in partnership with the Middle Tennessee town’s public works department. The Tennessean

COMFORT CLOSET  Several McMinn County elementary school teachers create a “comfort closet” to provide self-care items for low-income students — and see their effort go viral. Knoxville News Sentinel

TEACHERS SALARIES  West Virginia leaders meet striking teachers’ demands for a 5 percent pay raise in a state where educators are among the lowest paid the nation, even as they struggle to help their students through poverty, drugs, and violence. The New York Times