Rise & Shine: Bill to arm teachers is scratched and what’s next in the Memphis superintendent search

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The controversial bill to allow Tennessee teachers to carry concealed weapons in their classrooms has been shelved this year. Rep. Ryan Williams pulled his bill from consideration by the House Education Committee earlier this week after the measure easily cleared a subcommittee over the objections of teachers and law enforcement leaders. In pulling the legislation, Williams said, "we have a lot of work to do."

Meanwhile, in Memphis, board members are split over whether to proceed with a superintendent search or just hire interim Joris Ray. So what happens now?

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NO AMMUNITION A proposal to let Tennessee teachers carry concealed weapons in school has been dropped from this legislative session, but the bill’s sponsor said Thursday that he may resurrect the idea next year. Chalkbeat

NEXT STEPS Shelby County Schools board members are divided about whether to suspend the superintendent search or hire Joris Ray, so what now? Chalkbeat

LEGAL OPINION State Rep. G.A. Hardaway of Memphis sent an official letter to Attorney General Herbert Slatery this week seeking a legal opinion on the legality of a parental ID provision in Gov. Bill Lee’s education savings account bill. Daily Memphian,

VOUCHER OPPOSITION In what will likely be one of his last budget presentations, outgoing Collierville schools superintendent John Aitken lambasted what he said was insufficient state funding for public education and a proposed school voucher program, saying it would kill public schools. The Commercial Appeal

ACADEMIC SUCCESS Nearly 100 Whitehaven High School seniors in Memphis are being rewarded with millions of dollars worth in scholarships as part of their Academic Signing Day.  Local Memphis

TRAINING NEEDS Shelby County Schools will award about 8,000 diplomas this spring, but the work skills for many grads but their diplomas may not translate into the training and skills needed by area companies. The Commercial Appeal

LEADER TRANSITION Shawn Joseph’s departure as director of Nashville Metro Public Schools may stall long-term goals and a vision for the district’s 85,000 students and 11,000 employees, but the daily life of teachers and students this school year is unlikely to change. The Tennessean

There is no indication when the search to permanently replace Joseph will begin, but Mayor David Briley is vowing to ensure the process doesn’t derail. The Tennessean

As he departs as Nashville’s schools chief, Shawn Joseph told parents this week he is proud of the advances in literacy, reduced suspension rates and created more opportunities for students during his time leading the district. The Tennessean

DESK DUTY A school resource officer assigned to a Nashville school has been decommissioned after a report the officer was selling alcohol while on the clock. WSMV

CONSTITUTIONAL DONATION Members of  917 Society Constitution Project aims to give free pocket-sized copies of the U.S. Constitution to ever eighth-grader in Tennessee. The Tennessean

HEALTH CARE Hamilton County Schools district leaders are exploring the possibility of establishing on-site health clinics for teachers and district employees in the coming year. Chattanooga Times Free Press



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Freedom Preparatory Academy high school student Carlicia Beam is making history by becoming the first student from her school to be accepted into an Ivy League college. She is attending Dartmouth on a rugby scholarship.