Rise & Shine: Lee wants school vouchers, Hopson wants fewer schools
As Bill Lee prepares to be governor and Dorsey Hopson prepares to exit Shelby County Schools, both leaders are making eye-raising comments.
In his most definitive public statements yet about his school choice leanings, Lee told USA TODAY NETWORK yesterday that he's open to promoting a school voucher program as part of his legislative agenda. The remarks came just days after announcing the addition of a second staff member who has worked for a pro-voucher organization.
Meanwhile in Memphis, Hopson says he'll unveil a plan today aimed at addressing a problem that has challenged the district throughout his tenure: too many schools and too many aging buildings. The outgoing superintendent's proposal would shrink the school system by closing dozens of schools over the next five years. Here's our preview from Chalkbeat's Laura Faith Kebede.
—Marta W. Aldrich, statehouse correspondent
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SCHOOL VOUCHERS Gov.-elect Bill Lee says he is open to promoting a school voucher program as part of his upcoming legislative agenda and commits himself to being an advocate for school choice in Tennessee. USA TODAY NETWORK
SCHOOL CONSOLIDATION Superintendent Dorsey Hopson is set to share a five-year plan to reduce the number of expensive, aging buildings in Shelby County Schools. Chalkbeat, The Commercial Appeal, Daily Memphian
DORSEY HOPSON As he prepares to take a new job with Cigna, the outgoing superintendent reflects on his five-year tenure at the helm of Tennessee’s largest district. Memphis Public Radio
BEYOND HIGH SCHOOL Gov. Bill Haslam says the key to better community college graduation rates among Tennessee students lies in improved results in the state’s K-12 system. The Tennessean
TNREADY FALLOUT Why TNReady testing problems are Candice McQueen’s biggest regret as Tennessee’s education commissioner The Tennessean
STATE REPORT CARD Tullahoma’s superintendent questions the reliability of state data used to rate schools academically after the ratings show the district is slightly behind the state average. Tullahoma News
SCHOOL TURNAROUND The roadmap to improve struggling schools includes retaining effective teachers and leaders, according a study recently published by Tennessee’s research partner. The Tennessean, Chalkbeat
SNOW DAYS Knox County Schools’ decision to delay school yesterday instead of canceling it outright garners pushback from parents on social media. Knoxville News Sentinel
CLASSROOM LIBRARIES A group of Chattanooga moms advocating for social justice issues such as gun control turn their attention to a more universal cause: raising awareness about literacy and reading. Times Free Press
CHRONIC ABSENCE In Michigan, too few students are showing up to school, but one study says the root of the problem is really about unstable housing. Chalkbeat
SUSPENSIONS AND EXPULSIONS Here’s what it will mean if Betsy DeVos rolls back Obama-era school discipline rules. Chalkbeat