Tennessee

Rise & Shine: Listen for teacher pay and school vouchers in governor’s budget address

Good morning,

In his first few weeks in office, Gov. Bill Lee rolled out plans for $64 million in new investments in K-12 education. That includes more funding for school security, career and technical education, and science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs.

But Lee has said he also wants to allocate more money for teacher pay and has advocated for more education choices for parents. More details on both are expected Monday night when Lee delivers his first budget address and State of the State speech at 6 p.m. Central Time before the Tennessee General Assembly. In the days that follow, he plans to hit the road to deliver regional addresses in Memphis and Knoxville. In the meantime, read our budget preview to see what Lee had to say last week about education savings accounts and catch up with the governor's education spending priorities so far.

— Jacinthia Jones, bureau chief

BUDGET ADDRESS When Bill Lee unveils his first spending plan on Monday as Tennessee’s new governor, he’ll include $64 million in new investments for K-12 education — and likely much more. Chalkbeat

MUSIC GRANT Shelby County Schools will enhance its music education offerings for students thanks to a grant from the County Music Association Foundation. The Commercial Appeal

CODE OF CONDUCT Hamilton County Schools is reviewing and updating the school district’s code of acceptable behavior, or code of student conduct. Chattanooga Times Free Press

HONORING TEACHERS The Hamilton County Commission recognized three Teachers of the Year. Chattanooga Times Free Press

TALKING POLICY A Chattanooga child care leader was in Washington for a public policy forum when he got an unexpected invitation to the White House to meet with Ivanka Trump and 14 other child care leaders from across the country. Chattanooga Times Free Press

FUNDRAISING With donations still coming in, the Maryville City Schools Foundation already has tallied $158,500 raised at Saturday’s 16th annual Starlight Gala, which honored four alumni. The Daily Times

NEW RULES A new valedictorian policy may emerge in future years after a La Vergne High missed the required ACT science score, but earned more than 40 hours of college credits. The Daily News Journal