Rise & Shine: Memphis charter network Gestalt to pull out of two state-run schools

CHARTER WITHDRAWAL  Leaders of a Memphis-based charter network announce plans to exit two local schools under the state-run Achievement School District due to declining enrollment. Chalkbeat, Memphis Daily News

SOCIAL STUDIES STANDARDS  The Tennessee Black Caucus of State Legislators urges the public to get involved and keep civil rights milestones from being culled from social studies standards for learning Tennessee history. The Associated Press, Chattanooga Times Free Press

FINANCIAL AID  In the hopes of seeing more students go to college, Tennessee education officials are pushing high school seniors to fill out federal financial aid forms earlier than ever before. Nashville Public Radio

MOVERS AND SHAKERS  A former Nashville superintendent candidate from Atlanta is hired as special projects manager for Williamson County Schools. The Tennessean

RENOVATION DISPUTE  A district attorney’s investigation finds that Wilson County Schools operated legally and properly in its conversion of an old high school into central office space. The Tennessean

MANUFACTURING DAY  Kingsport high school students learn about 3-D printing, virtual welding and more at an event hosted by Eastman Chemical Co. and attended by state Economic Development Commissioner Randy Boyd. Kingsport Times-News

LEARNING CHARITY  Thanks to a project started by a fifth-grader, a Sullivan County elementary school is sending 18 boxes of school supplies to Louisiana schools devastated by August flooding. Kingsport Times-News

TIME TO PLAY  A Kingsport elementary school cuts the ribbon on a new playground funded with a national grant. Kingsport Times-News

OPINIONS  Current and former Tennessee teachers weigh in for and against the state’s proposed new social studies standards in two perspectives published in The Tennessean.