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Rise & Shine: Here’s how Tennessee’s candidates for governor answer the big questions on education

Welcome to Tuesday.

Early voting for the Aug. 2 primary begins this Friday across Tennessee. And to help you understand the education positions of candidates for governor, Chalkbeat asked the top contenders the big questions. Among them: Did you choose public or private schools for your own kids? Would you stick with the state’s current blueprint for improving education? How would you address the state’s testing challenges? Would you keep student growth scores as part of teacher evaluations?
Check out answers from the Democratic candidates here and the Republican candidates here. If you find our election guides helpful in making up your own mind, please share them with others you know who also care about public education.
— Caroline, community editor

KNOW BEFORE YOU VOTE Here’s how Tennessee’s Republican candidates responded to our questions about K-12 ed. Chalkbeat

Here’s where Tennessee’s Democratic candidates stand on public education. Chalkbeat

EXPLAINER How school desegregation efforts could change, or not, after Betsy DeVos’s move to scrap Obama-era guidance on race. Chalkbeat

NEW ERA The new superintendent of Tennessee’s state-run district is discussing her plans to improve underperforming schools in Memphis. WMC, Chalkbeat

EXCERSIZE Tennessee will use a $4.3 million federal grant to develop strategies to better student health in the state. The Tennessean

SCHOOL BUILDINGS A second proposal by Metro government to sell Nashville school property to shore up a revenue shortfall is facing resistance — this time from the school board. The Tennessean

TEACHER PREP A team of Hamilton County educators has been working for months to put together an institute aimed at addressing some of the challenges teachers face in the district’s highest-needs schools. Times Free Press

MATH FOCUS Early math skills, though critical to academic success, get far less attention than literacy in high-poverty classrooms. One school district is working to change that. The Hechinger Report

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