Rise & Shine: Here’s what school leaders in Memphis suburbs aren’t saying about the cost of secession

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When leaders of two Shelby County municipal school systems traveled to Hamilton County earlier this week to tell their story of creating their own districts, they said the urban district they split from was not negatively impacted. That's not true. We highlight one example in today's featured story.

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FACT CHECK  Leaders of two new school systems in suburban Memphis this week told a town council near Chattanooga that their towns’ 2014 secession from Shelby County Schools didn’t hurt the urban district left behind. But that’s not true. Chalkbeat

HOW I TEACH Learn why this educator uses autumn leaves to teach vocab to Memphis’ youngest students. Chalkbeat

INSIDE THE PLAYBOOK A growing number of philanthropists, advocates, and policymakers say the way to improve schools is to upend the traditional school district and operate a “portfolio” model. One such organization is shaping Memphis schools. Chalkbeat

DACA Dressed in Christmas hats and carrying glowing signs, about 150 Nashvillians marched to the offices of Sens. Bob Corker and Lamar Alexander in support of immigrants who entered into the U.S. illegally as children. The Tennessean

PROFILE Learn more about Lesley Brown, the director of human capital investments with Memphis Education Fund coordinating efforts to train teachers to serve the neediest students. Memphis Daily News

BUILDING SOLUTIONS Private fundraising is about halfway done to renovate parts of White Station and Whitehaven high schools, ushering in a new model in the midst of Shelby County Schools mountain of maintenance costs. High Ground News

BACK TO SCHOOL Haywood students return to class greeted by parents after two days of protests following racist death threats toward students. The students accused to be behind the threats and two administrators have been suspended pending an investigation. The Jackson Sun

SHAKEUP Both the director of schools and head football coach in Cannon County are removed from their positions. Daily News Journal

SEVERED TIES Knox County’s school board votes to terminate its contract with Leadership Academy, a scholarship program for principals that was started by its former superintendent. Knoxville News Sentinel

SEARCH DELAY The search for a new Kingsport schools superintendent, originally slated to end Jan. 1, might be another six months. The previous superintendent resigned earlier this year to become a state deputy commissioner of education. Kingsport Times-News

INCLUSIVE PLAY Soon after two students with severe physical disabilities started attending Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences, the business community stepped up to provide a playground they could use alongside their peers. Times Free Press