Rise & Shine: Former TN ed chief calls on DeVos to resign over Trump’s Charlottesville remarks

TWEET STORM  Citing President Trump’s ambivalent remarks over racial violence in Charlottesville, former Tennessee education chief Kevin Huffman calls on Betsy DeVos to resign from his cabinet. Chalkbeat

SECRETARY SPEAKS  Meanwhile, DeVos condemns “white nationalists, neo-Nazis and other racist bigots” in an email to her staff — without mentioning her boss. Chalkbeat

EARLY READERS  Tennessee wants to boost third-grade literacy. Here’s why it’s looking to early childhood education as the answer. Chalkbeat, The Commercial Appeal

SCHOOL TURNAROUND  A new study finds little success in Rhode Island’s efforts to improve its struggling schools without firing principals or making other dramatic changes. Chalkbeat

OPPORTUNITY ZONE  New Hamilton County Superintendent Bryan Johnson announces his plan to launch an “Opportunity Zone” to support 12 of the district’s struggling schools. Times Free Press

BREAKAWAY DISTRICTS  Signal Mountain’s three schools could receive almost $2 million more if they break away from Hamilton County’s system, but that could mean less for Chattanooga schools. Times Free Press

ALARM CLOCK  A year after Germantown decided to start classes later in the morning for middle and high schoolers, the jury is still out and other districts aren’t following suit. The Commercial Appeal

BIG GIFT  The Haslam family gives $1.3 million to Knox County Schools’ marching bands and academics. Knoxville News Sentinel

STUDENT PRIVACY  Nashville’s school board will discuss whether the district is violating federal law by making student information about health care, demographics, language and available to dozens of officials with charter and magnet schools. The Tennessean 

SOCIAL MEDIA  Claims of sex in schools and child pornography on social media lead to a multimillion-dollar lawsuit against Metro Nashville Public Schools. WTVF

#CHARLOTTESVILLE  School leaders and psychologists weigh in on how to talk with your children about what happened in Charlottesville. Knoxville News Sentinel

ECLIPSE COUNTDOWN  Nashville schools will send eclipse glasses home with students to use on Monday. WKRN

But Wilson County students must attend school that day to receive their glasses. The Tennessean

MOLD AND CRACKS  Maury County commissioners express concerns about the condition and cleanliness of the county’s public schools. The Daily Herald

CAPITAL PROJECT  Williamson County wants to spend another $9 million for improvements at newly rebuilt Franklin High School to accommodate more students. The Tennessean

MECHATRONICS INVESTMENT  A Williamson County nonprofit raises money to help Fairview High School graduate more students into high-paid manufacturing positions. The Tennessean

GO BUILD  A state-funded group spreads the word to Tennessee high school and postsecondary students about careers in construction. Nashville Ledger

DRUG TESTING  In Alcoa’s first year of testing student-athletes for drugs, a handful of tests come back positive. The Daily Times

SPORTS SAFETY  Lenoir City’s school board approves new policies related to sports concussions and cardiac arrest. The Herald-News