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Rise & Shine: Memphis school board candidates speak out on what they want to change

Good morning,

Fifteen people are vying for four seats on the Shelby County Schools board this year. That’s much higher stakes compared to two years ago when five seats were up for election with only one contested race.

We asked the candidates about their stances on top education issues and our team created an easy-to-use tool, so you can sort through them.

If you have a lingering question for a candidate, come ask them in person! We're hosting a candidate forum 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 19 at BRIDGES. Find out more about that event here.

-Caroline, community editor

VOTER GUIDE Hear what candidates for the Shelby County Schools board have to say about top issues. Chalkbeat

ELECTION SEASON Candidates to become Shelby County’s next mayor clash on an array of topics, including education. Memphis Daily News, The Commercial Appeal

SPEAKING OUT Gov. Bill Haslam says problems with TNReady student achievement tests for a second consecutive year are emboldening critics who want to see the tests, which are also used to evaluate teachers, dropped. Memphis Daily News

OPIOID CRISIS Shelby County Schools may start keeping medication on hand to reverse opioid overdoses in schools. The Commercial Appeal

FORUM LIMITS The Knox County school board rejects changes to time limits that would have capped each public forum speaker to three minutes. Knoxville News Sentinel 

BREAKAWAY DISTRICTS After a surprising vote, Brentwood will not move forward with a controversial feasibility study that would assess its options for breaking off from Williamson County Schools and forming a municipal school district. The Tennessean

CONTRACT EXTENSION The Knox County Schools superintendent will remain at the helm of the school district for at least two more years. Knoxville News Sentinel

LEADER OUT The Roane County board calls an emergency board meeting to accept Director of Schools Leah Watkins’ letter of resignation. Roane County News

NEW FUNDING Hamilton County Schools adds $75,000 in funding to start the district’s Future Ready Institutes in schools this fall. The Chattanoogan

PHOTO FEATURE How baseball helped one international student stay at the top of his game. Times Free Press

NATIONAL LOOK Virtual schools, open records, and claims about research — highlights from Congress’s look at charter schools.  Chalkbeat

THIS Saturday, join us at the inaugural Memphis Literary Arts Festival. We’re hosting a panel at 3 p.m. called, “New Media Journalism in a Changing Memphis.”

More information on the time and location is available here.