Rise & Shine: Memphis school consolidation plan needs more community input, says Ray
Before departing Shelby County Schools in December, then-Superintendent Dorsey Hopson unveiled a massive school consolidation plan — partly as a way to address a huge backlog of maintenance costs on the Memphis district's crumbling campuses. But now Hopson's successor, Joris Ray, wants to rethink that approach.
Also, in case you missed it, be sure to check out Caroline Bauman's look at the power struggle within Tennessee's Achievement School District after one year under the leadership of turnaround specialist Sharon Griffin.
—Marta W. Aldrich, statehouse correspondent
SCHOOL CONSOLIDATION Shelby County Schools Superintendent Joris Ray recommends delaying his predecessor’s plan to consolidate 28 Memphis schools into 10. Chalkbeat
SCHOOL FUNDING Saying he’s “100% in” for education, Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger proposes a 34-cent property tax rate increase to help pay for a 5 percent teacher raise, hiring more staff for schools, and providing one-to-one technology for students. Times Free Press
CAPITAL LAG Part of Superintendent Bryan Johnson’s capital building plan is on hold as Hamilton County Schools awaits the audit results of an outside consultant. Times Free Press
TEACHER PAY Nashville teachers fill Metro Council chambers to make their case for bigger raises and more money for schools. WTVF
MAYORAL PLATFORM State Rep. John Ray Clemmons makes public education the top issue in his campaign to become Nashville’s next mayor. The Tennessean
SUPERINTENDENT SHUFFLE Outgoing superintendent Gary Lilly talks about similarities between Bristol City Schools and the one in Collierville that he soon will lead on the other end of the state. Bristol Herald Courier
CHROMEBOOK POLICIES Kingsport City Schools is doing away with a $50 technology fee and will no longer let fourth- and fifth-graders take Chromebooks home. Times Free Press
CHARTER DEBATE As school choice emerges as an issue in the presidential election, an architect of Indianapolis’ charter sector says the controversial schools aren’t fighting back strongly enough against their critics. Chalkbeat
RETENTION Leaders of Michigan’s largest district estimate that 800 third-graders will be held back next year when the state’s tough new literacy law goes into effect. Chalkbeat
OPINION: RURAL EDUCATION Rural students in Tennessee matter, too, says Gloria Sweet-Love, president of the NAACP’s state chapter and the first African-American woman to serve on Haywood County’s school board. The Tennessean