Rise & Shine: Chalkbeat’s first-ever membership program

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We've reported about the firing recently of a popular principal at a Memphis charter school that led to parent protests and student walkouts. Now the charter school is fighting back in court. Read what school officials are accusing the former principal of doing.

Also, educators, we want to know what you want to tell the next governor of Tennessee. Take our quick survey and we hope to publish some of your answers soon.

Finally, earlier this week, Chalkbeat reached an important milestone: We launched our first-ever membership program. You donate to us, and we provide more ways to stand up for public education. That’s more local reporting, more events, and more context and analysis.

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SCHOOL DISPUTE A Memphis charter high school sued the former principal alleging that he encouraged students to transfer from the high school and that he violated his severance agreement. Chalkbeat

YOUR VOICE Calling all educators, we want to know what you want to tell the next governor of Tennessee. Chalkbeat

TEACH FOR AMERICA A contract between Hamilton County Schools and Teach for America, a nonprofit aimed at recruiting high quality teachers for high poverty schools, has been approved by the school board. Chattanooga Times Free Press

SCHOOL CROSSING A sixth-grade student was hit in a crosswalk outside a Memphis school. WMC-TV

RETHINKING DISCIPLINE KIPP charter schools are working to reduce suspensions by adopting “restorative justice” practices that aim to help students rethink and ultimately change their behavior. Chalkbeat