Rise & Shine: Haslam names team to review school safety in Tennessee

Good morning!

As we approach three weeks since the deadly mass shooting in Parkland, Fla., Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has appointed 17 people to examine school safety issues, including state legislatures and people in the fields of education, security, and mental health. Find out more about them and their responsibilities in today's featured story.

— Laura Faith Kebede, reporter

SAFETY SQUADRON  Here are the people now scrutinizing school safety in Tennessee. Chalkbeat, Times Free Press, The Associated Press, WKRN, The TennesseanClarksville Now

ARMING TEACHERS  Many school leaders across Tennessee are wary about a legislative proposal that would allow some teachers to carry guns on campus. Knoxville News Sentinel, The Jackson Sun, Cookeville Herald-Citizen

CALL FOR HELP Tennessee’s hotline for youth experiencing a mental health crisis has been hearing more school violence threats since the Florida school shooting about three weeks ago. Nashville Public Radio

MONEY CHANGES  Here’s how the reconfigured proposed budget for Nashville schools could affect individual schools. The Tennessean

FAMILY TRIP A Chattanooga ESL teacher, who has legal custody of three of her students, plans to take her class to D.C. to learn about “the American story.” Times Free Press

IMMIGRATION As President Donald Trump’s deadline for Congress to create a plan to replace DACA came and went, Chattanooga residents are planning what to do next. Times Free Press

AWKWARD Conflict of interest is raised in a search for Cannon County’s new superintendent after an internal candidate suspends a teacher whose father is the school board chairman. WSMV

STUDENT ACTIVISM Community organizers in Sumner County plan a rally to support student walkouts and honor the lives of those killed in school shootings. The Tennessean

REAL TALK In an effort to combat the increasing number of teen crimes, a school resource officer at a Nashville middle school creates a space for students and adults to talk about their experiences and how to make better choices. News Channel 5

RE-EXAMINING HISTORY  A Utah district came up with a new name for its Andrew Jackson Elementary School. Should Nashville do the same? The Tennessean


The Community Foundation of Greater Memphis is accepting applications for 2018-19 college scholarships through April 2. The organization offers 69 scholarships totaling almost $110,000. Reginae Butler, a 2017 graduate of Central High School and freshman at Clark Atlanta University, received the Mykea Andrea Rainey Memorial Scholarship for the current school year. Butler earned a 4.0 GPA last semester, is a Campus Ambassador, and involved in NAACP, student government and the university’s freshman class council.

For more details on the scholarship application, go here.