Rise & Shine: Memphis billboards urge city to start funding schools again

STREET TALK  A week after Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland largely dismissed a new coalition’s call for a $10 million investment in education, the group is taking its message to Memphis billboards. Chalkbeat

READING CAMPS  Nine Memphis schools will have state-funded reading camps this summer through a new and expanded grant program. Chalkbeat

BUS SAFETY  Nashville school officials say most of the district’s nearly 400 bus driver complaints received between August and January led to disciplinary action against the driver. The Tennessean

SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS  Hamilton County Schools looks at concerns about hurdles preventing people from volunteering in schools. Times Free Press

COLOR RUN  Hundreds of runners turn out for a 5K race to support Germantown Municipal Schools. WMC-TV

MARATHON MAN  For the fifth year in a row, a Hendersonville teacher wins the St. Jude Rock ‘n’ Rock Marathon in Nashville. WKRN-TV, WTVF-TV, The Tennessean

ORPHEUM AWARDS  Students and teachers from four Jackson schools will head to Memphis later this month in hopes of winning awards for musical performance. The Jackson Sun

LEADER IN ME  Jackson-Madison County Schools advances its “Leader in Me” program based on Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” The Jackson Sun

UP UP AND AWAY  A Williamson County high school’s drones program teaches students about emerging technology. The Tennessean

FINANCIAL LITERACY  Students at a Brentwood high school will have a chance to learn about personal finance, thanks to a donation from a local mortgage company. The Tennessean

DIRECTOR CONTRACT  Greene County’s school board gives a new contract to Director David McLain. The Greeneville Sun

REAL ESTATE  Sullivan County’s school board votes to spend $4.8 million on two properties to build middle and high schools. Kingsport Times-News

CULINARY ARTS  Maryville City Schools cuts the ribbon on a new culinary arts building. The Daily Times

HUMAN GEOGRAPHY  A ninth-grade class in Maryville creates a mini-Epcot Center as students represent countries around the world. The Daily Times

YOUNG READERS  Sullivan County’s school board is poised to adopt a new reading curriculum for grades K-2. Kingsport Times-News

WIRING THE CLASSROOM  State and Maury County education leaders talk about technological advancements in the years to come. The Daily Herald 

HIDDEN HORROR  A yearlong national investigation uncovers roughly 17,000 official reports of sexual assaults by students over a four-year period in K-12 schools. The Associated Press