Rise & Shine: Memphis school’s closing will break up award-winning poetry team

Good morning!

In this morning's statewide roundup, one Memphis school is closing and its recently crowned poetry champs will split up between different schools. For these close-knit students, it feels like a death in the family. Find out why the school is closing and then check out a video of one of students' poetry performances.

And now some exciting news! We just launched a monthly newsletter designed specifically for educators. It’s called How I Teach, after our popular Q&A series. Check out the first issue here and subscribe here.

P.S. A reminder that Rise & Shine will be on hiatus Monday in observance of Memorial Day. But we'll have all the weekend's ed news waiting for you Tuesday morning in your inbox.

—Jacinthia Jones, bureau chief


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