Rise & Shine: Grade changes pervasive in Memphis high schools, analysis shows

Good morning!

More than a year ago, a Memphis principal reported uncovering grading irregularities at his high school. Now, a district-wide investigation into the matter is complete, and the results are troubling. A four-year analysis released last night found that a large number of grade changes have occurred at numerous Memphis high schools, not just Trezevant High School, where the probe launched. Chalkbeat's Laura Faith Kebede has the full report.

—Marta W. Aldrich, bureau chief

ALLEGED GRADE TAMPERING  A four-year analysis of final grades across Memphis high schools finds that Trezevant High is not alone in frequent instances of changed transcripts. Chalkbeat, The Commercial Appeal, Fox13, Memphis Daily News

PRE-K PROPOSAL  Mayor Jim Strickland endorses an effort to invest in Memphis pre-K programs as the City Council plans a vote on the proposal. Chalkbeat, The Commercial Appeal

RACIAL THREATS  Two administrators at a West Tennessee high school are suspended without pay while Haywood County leaders look into allegations of white students making death threats against black students. The Jackson Sun

TOO MANY TESTS  Rutherford County and Murfreesboro school officials urge Education Commissioner Candice McQueen to shrink standardized testing in Tennessee. Daily News Journal

VOUCHERS  Murfreesboro’s school board also takes a stance against the creation of a voucher program in the state. Murfreesboro Post

FLU SEASON  Nashville school leaders caution parents as a flu outbreak hits at least one school. WSMV, Fox17

RURAL DROPS  Enrollment is down significantly for Greene County schools, and officials worry that it could get worse. The Greeneville Sun

BUDDY BENCHES  Finding a new friend to play with is as easy as taking a seat at one Blount County elementary school. The Daily Times