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Rise & Shine: Got questions?

Good morning,

Ever since we published this story on Gov. Bill Lee's proposed education voucher plan – of what we know and what we don't know, we've been hearing from a lot of you. It turns out, you have a lot of questions on the education savings account proposal, too.  Details are still sparse from the governor's office, but the new voucher legislation could be filed as early as this week. Read up here, and let us know what questions we are missing. Email us at tn.tips@chalkbeat.org. We'll do our very best to find answers.

-Caroline Bauman, community editor

??? Here’s what Chalkbeat readers are asking about Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee’s voucher proposal. Chalkbeat

ESA Shelby lawmakers are leery of governor’s education savings accounts plan. The Daily Memphian

GETTING READY Compass Community Schools, the former Catholic Jubilee Schools network, readies to open charter schools in Memphis. Memphis Business Journal

SCHOOL SAFETY Cumberland County Schools is proposing contracting with a canine search company as part of the district’s school safety grants. Crossville Chronicle

TRANSPORTATION Hamilton County Schools could have a new bus vendor by the end of the month. Times Free Press

CONTINUING EDUCATION Lipscomb University’s LIFE program allows incarcerated students to soar beyond prison walls. The Tennessean

HISTORY LESSON Parents at a Maury County middle school have voiced their outrage after learning of a school assignment that involved students answering questions as if they were slave owners and slaves themselves. Columbia Daily Herald

OPINION Bill Frist and David Mansouri: Tennessee’s education progress has slipped. Specific steps can turn it around. The Tennessean

OPINION Lee Barfield and Bartley Danielsen: Putting school choice in parents’ hands helps neighborhoods. How it works. The Tennessean

EXTRA CREDIT 

Tia Dyson and Artrianna Freeman were two Memphis students who won a first-place prize during the West Tennessee History Day competition, which is a qualifier for the Tennessee History Day competition. They were part of a group of nine students from Memphis Rise Academy who competed.