Rise & Shine: Here’s why another state-run charter school is closing in Memphis
Happy snow day, yet again, to most of you in Tennessee.
A national charter operator announced plans last week to shutter its only Memphis school after four years as part of Tennessee’s Achievement School District. In today's lead story, we dig into why GRAD Academy will become the third state-run charter school to close in Memphis. Among the financial issues facing GRAD Academy? High transportation costs.
-Caroline, community editor
ACHIEVEMENT DISTRICT The impending closure of GRAD Academy is another blow to the Achievement School District, in which the South Memphis school was its highest-performing high school. Chalkbeat
TESTING TAKE TWO Tennessee’s $2 million investment in helping high school seniors retake the ACT test appears to be paying off for a second year in a row. Chalkbeat, The Tennessean
VOUCHERS A Tennessee lawmaker moves to drop school voucher legislation this year. The Associated Press, Chalkbeat
SNOW BREAK Several middle Tennessee school districts are stretching their snow days thin this week with closings for extreme cold and snow. WZTV, WKRN
At her students’ request, a Shelby County Schools teacher uses Facebook to deliver a lesson her students on a snow day. WMC
When local schools and child care centers close due to inclement weather, it often leaves parents scrambling for a backup plan, especially when their kids have special needs. Times Free Press
LOTTERY The Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation celebrates 14 years and more than $4.4 billion for education. Times Free Press, Winchester Herald Chronicle
CLOSER LOOK Fact-check: Weighing 7 claims from Betsy DeVos’s latest speech, from Common Core to PISA scores. Chalkbeat
ACADEMIC INSURANCE The fate of the Children’s Health Insurance Program is in Congress’s hands — and children’s education, not just their health, may be at stake. Chalkbeat
OPINION From a Nashville parent: Why closing the ‘Parent Gap’ is key to building an educated workforce. The 74