Rise & Shine: ‘Crunch time’ for Memphis teachers looking for jobs, schools trying to fill vacancies

Good morning,

There's less than a month until school starts in most districts in Tennessee, and recently in Memphis, hundreds of prospective teachers flocked to a job fair held by Shelby County Schools. About 97% of teaching positions are already filled in the district and the hunt is on for teachers still looking for jobs. It can be an even tougher challenge for some as we discovered when we met one veteran educator looking to return to the classroom.

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Jacinthia Jones, bureau chief

JOB HUNT With three weeks until school starts, 97% of teaching positions in Shelby County Schools are already filled, but a few positions in every grade and almost every subject remain open. Chalkbeat

MOVING FORWARD Years after being shot at school by a disgruntled teacher, Knox County principal Amy Brace is headed to a new school. Knoxville News Sentinel.

CONTRACT BUYOUT The Loudon County school board decided to buy out the rest of the contract of Jason Vance, the director of schools, ending his term as director. Knoxville News Sentinel

TEACHER PAY Hamilton County school board members neither officially shot down nor endorsed a proposal to cut a proposed 2.5% teacher pay raise from this year’s budget to fund support positions at a budget work session. Chattanooga Times Free Press

STUDENT ACTIVISM A Jackson church held a day of action to teach students about the horrors of gun violence. Jackson Sun

GATES FUNDING The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has given $93 million in grants to 21 nonprofits coordinating networks to improve schools, and Gates said it will announce at least 12 more grants in the coming months. Chalkbeat