Rise & Shine: Memphis district sets budget at $1 billion. How would you spend it?

Good morning!

It's budget season for school districts across the state — including Tennessee's largest school district. Shelby County Schools officially has a plan for how to spend its $1 billion operating budget.

Superintendent Dorsey Hopson says he wants to use money from an expected county surplus and money from the school’s reserves to help the district pay for services like counseling and more security. What do you think the district should spend more dollars on? Respond to this email and let us know!

-Caroline, community editor

SPENDING PLAN  Superintendent Dorsey Hopson proposes a $1 billion budget for Shelby County Schools and wants to shore up revenues with reserve money and an expected surplus from the county. Chalkbeat

IVEY LEAGUE A student at a Memphis charter school celebrates acceptance to Yale University. WMC

WEIGHING IN Knox County School Board candidates are critical of proposed cuts to Project Grad. Knoxville News Sentinel, WATE

FURTHERING EDUCATION Gov. Bill Haslam says more than 10,000 adults have applied to Tennessee Reconnect, the state’s new program that allows adults, no matter their age, to go to community college or technical schools tuition-free. The Associated Press

UNDER PRESSURE As Blount County students prepare for about a month of testing, county leaders are working on a message to the state that it’s putting too much pressure on local schools. The Daily Times

ON THE TABLE A current principal would earn a $156,316 salary if he accepts an offer to succeed retiring Rutherford County Schools Director Don Odom. The Daily News Journal

WINNER WINNER Five Madison County students are heading to Washington, D.C. after winning a writing competition. The Jackson Sun

TRAVEL READY This summer, 16 Hamilton County educators will have the opportunity to travel the globe, thanks to the national Fund for Teachers program and Chattanooga’s Public Education Foundation. Times Free Press

NEW FUNDING A Cheatham County school will revamp technology in its library after a $151,000 donation from the family of a late educator and her husband. The Tennessean

EXTRA CREDIT: New research out of Tennessee

A new study is out this month that points to how to improve the student teaching experience. It’s based on a pilot program using teacher candidates at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville. Basically, the study found that aspiring teachers receive more and better coaching when they’re paired with more effective and experienced veteran teachers. The results seem intuitive, but they are some of the strongest evidence that a high-quality student teaching experience can make a difference. The study was conducted by the National Center for Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research, which is funded by a consortium of foundations. —Matt Barnum, Chalkbeat national reporter