Rise & Shine: Ideas from Detroit for filling teacher vacancies

Good morning!

Our team just got back from a few days in Detroit with the rest of our Chalkbeat colleagues from around the nation. Memphis is often a comparison point to Detroit among district leaders because of the similar generational poverty and tendency for families to change schools often. In fact, Shelby County Schools' chief academic officer recently shared a Chalkbeat Detroit article with school board members in a recent meeting talking about Michigan's third grade reading test and retention law.

So today I wanted to encourage you to read about some of the ways Detroit is exploring to attract and retain teachers. Let us know what you think!

— Laura Faith Kebede, reporter

TEACHER VACANCIES Detroit schools get creative to fill teacher vacancies. Chalkbeat

TIME TO GO While some officials contend a new strategy is needed for the state’s Achievement School District following a poor report, state Rep. Antonio Parkinson says it’s time to ditch the program. Daily Memphian

SUPE SEARCH Nashville’s school board isn’t looking for a permanent replacement for its director of schools. Some hope to hire the interim leader, others are eager to start a national search. WSMV

POLITICAL WEIGH-IN Three of the top four candidates for mayor say the Nashville school board should close the Knowledge Academies charter schools over financial irregularities, poor academic performance and failure to abide by its contract. The Tennessean

TEACHER PAY Hamilton County school board weighs pay raises against new positions as it works to tighten its budget. Times Free Press