Rise & Shine: Memphis parents weigh in on tussle between district and state

Good morning, happy Monday, and welcome to Daylight Savings Time!

Many of you are out today on spring break, but there's still lots of education news. including district plans for this week's national school walkout day and more on school safety. Keep reading us all week!

—Marta W. Aldrich


PARENT VOICES  It’s not enough just to stay open, say Memphis parents of their struggling elementary school. Chalkbeat

MONEY TALKS  Big education funders were in Memphis last week. Here’s what they talked about. Chalkbeat

BRIDGING THE GAP  As more colleges partner with Shelby County Schools, lines blur between higher education and K-12 in Memphis. The Commercial Appeal

ENROLLMENT DOWN  If Nashville is growing, why is its school enrollment shrinking? WTVF

WALKOUT WEEK  Here are the Middle Tennessee schools where students plan to walk out Wednesday to show support for stricter gun laws. Fox17

Teachers at Nashville’s Overton High School use the national event as a teachable moment about civil disobedience. WSMV

Williamson County Schools isn’t promoting the walkout, but is preparing by setting up locations for students to assemble. Franklin Patch, The Tennessean

Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools will allow students to participate in walkouts if they have parental permission to leave school. The Leaf-Chronicle

Across the nation, the walkout has principals and superintendents scrambling to perform a delicate balancing act: How to let thousands of students exercise their First Amendment rights while not disrupting school and not pulling administrators into the raging debate over gun control. The Associated Press

SCHOOL SECESSION  A Senate committee is scheduled to hear a Chattanooga lawmaker’s controversial bill this week that would require Hamilton County Schools to transfer ownership of its school buildings to Signal Mountain if the town chooses to create its own district. The Chattanoogan

EARTHQUAKE  A Tennessee comptroller’s report says 84 percent of Tennessee schools required to perform earthquake drills did not meet those requirements during the 2016-2017 school year. WREG

FIGHTING ADDICTION  Legislation that would create recovery high schools across the state for teens struggling with drug and alcohol abuse has made it to Gov. Bill Haslam’s desk. Knoxville News Sentinel, WKRN

SEXUAL ASSAULT  Advocates fight for a bill that would teach schoolchildren about sexual assault and how to report it. WTVF

TEACHER PREP  The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga’s School of Education extends its traditional student teacher experience to a one-year residency model. Times Free Press

SUPERINTENDENT PERFORMANCE  Maury County’s school board will evaluate Chris Marczak today and discuss whether to terminate his contract. Columbia Daily Herald

SCHOOL SAFETY  School districts in Kingsport and Lenoir City create task forces on school safety.  WJHL, WATE

Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools will hold a forum today on school safety, while also renovating school entrances. WKMS

Dyer County approves funds to hire more school resource officers, while Cocke County’s board asks the county’s legislative body for money for SROs. Dyersburg State Gazette, Morristown Citizen Tribune

A Knox County middle school principal who failed to report a threat of school violence to police last month learned of the threat after students had been dismissed for the day, according to emails between school authorities. Knoxville News Sentinel, Related Story

Hamilton County school leaders endorse U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander’s new school safety bill, especially additional federal funding to hire more counselors. WTVC

Here’s how Greeneville and Greene County schools pair technology and procedures to improve school safety. The Greeneville Sun

HEALTHCARE CAREERS  Erlanger Health System partners with Hamilton County Schools to prepare students for healthcare jobs. The Chattanoogan

MOVERS & SHAKERS  UnifiEd Executive Director Jonas Barriere steps away from the Chattanooga education-focused nonprofit to take the helm of a related political action committee. Times Free Press

PARENT POWER  Williamson County parents raise almost $9 million for schools in 2016-17. The Tennessean

FINANCIAL LITERACY  U.S. Rep. David Castoff talks about fiscal literacy and school safety in Jackson-Madison County Schools. The Jackson Sun, WBBJ

DRIVER SAFETY  Sullivan County’s sheriff’s office teach high schoolers about impaired and distracted driving. Kingsport Times-News