Rise & Shine: Here’s an early peek at next year’s budget for Memphis schools

Good morning!

This afternoon in Memphis, district administrators are scheduled to present next year's proposed budget to board members for Shelby County Schools. Here's what we know so far about the spending plan for Tennessee's largest district, based on early conversations among school leaders.

—Marta W. Aldrich


MONEY TIME  Shelby County Schools’ next budget will include teacher and hourly employee raises, more school resource officers, and additional behavior specialists, based on early conversations among Memphis school leaders. Chalkbeat

NATIONAL TEST   Superintendent Dorsey Hopson says the dismal results of a new national test of student achievement in Shelby County emphasize the need for more investments, particularly around early literacy. The Commercial Appeal, Chalkbeat

‘IS THIS A PUBLIC SCHOOL?’  U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson asks that question toward the end of his hour-long visit at a Memphis elementary school. The Commercial Appeal

SCHOOL SAFETY  Three candidates to be Shelby County’s next sheriff share ideas for how to keep Memphis students safer. Local Memphis

Tennessee is among U.S. states that are shifting funds to school safety in the wake of Parkland. Reuters

FLAT-SCREEN TV  Shelby County Schools plans to hold drawings for door prizes to parents who register their students early for the 2018-19 school year. WREG

ELECTION YEAR  Outspoken Shelby County Commissioner and mayoral candidate Terry Roland says the next mayor should push the state to fairly fund Memphis-area schools. The Commercial Appeal

Thirteen candidates spread out among four different seats will seek to be elected to Nashville’s school board in August. The Tennessean

IDENTIFYING GIFTEDNESS  Tennessee partners with the National Association for Gifted Children to pilot a new credential aimed at training teachers to recognize giftedness in students from traditionally underrepresented groups. Education Week

IMMIGRATION RAID  More than 500 children miss school in the aftermath of an immigration raid at a meatpacking plant in northeast Tennessee. Morristown Citizen Tribune, WZTV 

CIVICS LESSON  Third-graders in Jackson write their county commissioners about their decision to spend more borrowed funds on jail expansion than on schools. WBBJ, The Jackson Sun

COMPUTER DEPLOYMENT  With about 3,500 students receiving computers under its iReach program, Maryville City Schools develops a system to expedite distribution next school year. The Daily Times

GOOD EATS  Knox County Schools hosts its annual Dine Out for Education event, with participating restaurants donating a tenth of their proceeds from the day’s receipts. WATE, WBIR

DAMAGE CONTROL  A West Tennessee school district seeks to bolster its reputation after being named the worst in the state in an online article. WBBJ

CAPITAL PLAN  A new high school for Mt. Juliet is one of eight new schools outlined in Wilson County’s long-range capital plan. The Tennessean

COURT DECISION  A Tennessee appeals court reverses a local judge’s decision on the extent of insurance liability related to the 2013 roof collapse of a Jefferson County school building. The Standard Banner

COLLEGE PLANNING NIGHT  Jackson high schoolers are encouraged to think of applying for college and scholarships like a part-time job. The Jackson Sun 

STRIKING TEACHERS  A day after Kentucky’s governor warns that a teacher walkout would be “irresponsible” and a “mistake,” the statewide teachers union calls for public employees to return to Frankfort on Friday when lawmakers return to session. The Courier-Journal

STATE OF THE SOUTH REPORT  The South’s increasingly diverse homegrown talent won’t share in the region’s economic growth unless state leaders commit to spending more on public schools and higher education, according to a new study. The Associated Press

DESEGREGATING THE SOUTH’S SCHOOLS  North Carolina is the latest state to consider breaking up countywide school systems, endangering districts that are models of racial integration and economic stability. Bloomberg

EXTRA CREDIT: Mapping Tennessee Education

At Chalkbeat, we love a good map!  The Tennessee comptroller’s Office of Research and Education Accountability recently updated its online interactive maps with the latest data available from last school year. To break down things like funding by district and per-pupil expenditures, go to this page and scroll through all of the numbered dots in the upper left corner.