Rise & Shine: Complaints pile up for Kingsbury High principal as district investigates

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Frustration over Tennessee's series of problems with getting testing online isn't showing any signs of cooling down. The superintendents of the state's two largest districts say a "do-over" is necessary and that the state should hit pause as governor administrations are set to change soon. Read more about their strong indictment of TNReady in today's featured story, an exclusive by Marta W. Aldrich.

— Laura Faith Kebede, reporter

TAKING AIM The leaders of Tennessee’s two largest school districts are asking outgoing Gov. Bill Haslam to pause state testing indefinitely to let the next administration address a bevy of problems with the assessment. Chalkbeat

NEW START Here are three things to know as Tennessee starts a new school year. Chalkbeat

And five things to know about school starting in Nashville today. The Tennessean

Five school years into the historic merger and demerger of public education in Shelby County, the start of the sixth school year classes this month shows the change is establishing very real roots. Memphis Daily News

Some Memphis parents say their students were not able to go to class because they didn’t show up in a new system. WREG

HELP WANTED It’s been 18 months since Shelby County Schools had a chief academic officer and leaders say the search is still ongoing. Chalkbeat

Dozens of Nashville schools won’t have a crossing guard because of a police shortage. WSMV

INVESTIGATION Shelby County Schools is investigating Kingsbury High School’s principal after teachers complain about grade changing and harassment. WREG, Chalkbeat

NEW DAY For the first time, the state-run Achievement School District’s first day of school started with a leader who is from Memphis — where most of the district’s schools are. The Commercial Appeal

BUILDING EQUITY A proposed sports complex at East High School is about closing the gap between facilities in the city and suburbs, Superintendent Dorsey Hopson says. Memphis Daily News

KINGLY VISIT Former U.S. Secretary of Education John King visits with Chattanooga teachers and students at a seminar hosted by the Urban Education Institute. Times Free Press

EXPLAINER Madison County does not financially support Jackson-Madison County Schools at the high levels that it could afford, according to the state’s funding formula. The Jackson Sun

RELIGION IN SCHOOLS Hundreds of Knox County Christians took prayer from their churches to their children’s schools. Knoxville News Sentinel

VALUE ADDED? Eight years ago, the L.A. Times published teachers’ ratings. New research tells us what happened next. Chalkbeat


Check out this video from Shelby County Schools with a look on what the first day of school was like. https://bit.ly/2LYaL6Z