Rise & Shine: Civil rights leaders at odds with superintendents of state’s two largest districts
A group of civil rights leaders in Tennessee is urging the state to press on with standardized testing — a direct response to a letter that two district leaders sent Gov. Bill Haslam this week. Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson and Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools Director Shawn Joseph asked the state to press pause on TNReady testing to address widespread problems with the assessment.
But the members of the Tennessee Educational Equity Coalition, formed in 2016 to advocate for students of color and people who live in poverty, say pumping the breaks on testing isn't the answer. Learn more in our lead story.
- Caroline Bauman, community editor
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PUSHING BACK A group of Tennessee civil rights leaders argue that a moratorium on testing is not the answer to technical problems that plagued many students this past spring in the state’s transition to computerized exams. Chalkbeat
TNREADY The leaders of Tennessee’s two largest school districts announced that they have “no confidence” in the state’s annual standardized examinations, TNReady, and Maury County Superintendent Chris Marczak says he agrees. Columbia Daily Herald
Tennessee lawmakers share teachers’ concerns about state testing glitches and how it may impact how schools are ranked. WSMV
HOW I TEACH An environmental engineer-turned-teacher shares how she helps students learn to love math and get prepared for university. Chalkbeat
TEACHER OPENINGS Nashville public schools has about 60 vacancies at the start of the school year, with the district covering those positions with substitutes. The Tennessean
RELIGION IN SCHOOLS As students head back to class in Tennessee, a bill signed into law by Governor Haslam in April is making the motto ‘In God We Trust’ a staple in all Tennessee schools. WBIR, Daily News Journal
Local nonprofit agency Bible in the Schools has given $1.3 million to Hamilton County Schools to fund the 2017-18 countywide public school Bible history elective program. Times Free Press
BUS ROUTES Washington County, Tennessee has only been back-to-school for a couple of days, but parents are already growing concerned about issues with delayed or canceled bus routes. WCYB