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Rise & Shine: Early voting in starts today in Tennessee

Morning!

Today is a big day. It's the beginning of early voting for dozens of races at the state and local levels that will culminate three weeks from now.

For those of you in Memphis: you'll have a chance to influence schools in two elections – one for school board and the other for county commission, which holds the purse strings for area schools. If you're based elsewhere, you can still make an impact; both parties are nominating candidates to face off before one replaces outgoing Governor Bill Haslam in November.

Want to know what each of these candidates have to say about issues that affect your schools? Marta's got you covered.

– Rebecca

 

ROCK THE VOTE Tennesseans begin voting on Friday in several crucial elections to take place on Aug. 2. Chalkbeat, Chattanooga Times Free Press, The Daily News Journal, Columbia Daily Herald, The Greeneville Sun

PATHWAYS Tennessee hopes it can bring more assistance to districts through a revamp of its career and technical pathways initiative. Chalkbeat, The Tennessean, WSMV

DYNAMIC DUO Collierville twins will start their sophomore year already having achieved state, national and international awards in technology. The Commercial Appeal

ON HOLD As two Knox middle schools prepare to open, an NAACP federal civil rights complaint that the district has “re-segregated” remains unresolved. Knoxville News Sentinel

A Blountville “mega-school” awaits the greenlight on a $60 million bid as the school board postpones their decision day. Kingsport Times-News 

RESOURCE OFFICERS In Cheatham County, commissioners approve funding for school resource officers, but deny school board budget. The Tennessean

Alcoa City Schools plans to add another school resource officer this year, thanks to a one-time safety grant from the state. The Daily Times

FAIR WARNING New laws are in effect that makes it harder for educators with prior sexual misconduct to get hired in another district. The Tennessean

TNSTRONG Teens work to be first tobacco-free generation at youth summit in Chattanooga. Dyersburg State Gazette