Rise & Shine: Memphis Catholic schools could get new breath of life by becoming charters

Happy Friday,

We have three important stories to highlight today. The first: A Catholic schools network in Memphis could have a second chance after a new charter organization filed a letter of intent with Shelby County Schools.

Next, Rocketship became the latest network to pull the plug on Tennessee's Achievement School District when the organization announced that it will shutter its only state-run school in Nashville. While in Memphis, the Achievement School District announced plans to relinquish operational control of its middle school to a local charter network. After the handoff, the school will remain under the oversight of the state-run district.

Happy reading,

-Caroline, community editor

JUBILEE A new charter organization led by Christian Brothers University president seeks to take over Jubilee schools. Chalkbeat, The Commercial Appeal, Memphis Daily News

ASD CLOSURE Tennessee’s turnaround district has had a rocky month, with two national charter networks announcing plans to close their schools and exit the Achievement School District. Chalkbeat, The Tennessean

MOVING FORWARD A Memphis middle school that has been run directly by the Achievement School District likely will be operated by Frayser Community Schools beginning next school year. Chalkbeat, The Commercial Appeal

WHITE STATION An East Memphis high school is getting a new $2.5 million heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. Memphis Business Journal

SAFETY In light of a report released earlier this year that found Tennessee lacks clear procedures and policies regarding educator sexual misconduct with students, members of the state Senate Education Committee files five bills to address the issue. Times Free Press

ADULT EDUCATION Gov. Bill Haslam speaks in Jackson about the potential impact of his latest education initiative to help adults enter higher education – Southwest Tennessee Reconnect. The Jackson Sun

WORK PREP Why Tennessee state officials are talking up technical colleges to high school counselors. Nashville Public Radio

BIG SAVINGS A proposal to redesign a principal preparation program used by Knox County Schools and run in partnership with the University of Tennessee would nearly eliminate the $909,754 cost of the program. Knoxville News Sentinel

UPCOMING VOTE The Cheatham County school board will vote whether to back three Tennessee School Boards Association resolutions headed to state officials. The Tennessean

TAX BREAK A major expansion of a little-known tax break could offer significant help to some local parents seeking private school options, though the bulk of the benefit is likely years away. Memphis Business Journal

GUEST COLUMN The online application process for optional schools in Memphis is better, but parents still need better choices, say advocates with The Memphis Lift. The Commercial Appeal

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