Rise & Shine: Nashville director under fire in contentious school board meeting

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A year of criticism from some corners of Metro Nashville Schools Director Shawn Joseph hit a low point during last night's school board meeting. We've rounded up the news coverage for you.

Also in Nashville, state lawmakers gaveled the 111th General Assembly to order yesterday, electing Rep. Glen Casada of Franklin as the new speaker of the House of Representatives and re-electing Sen. Randy McNally of Oak Ridge as the Senate's speaker. The two Republican leaders soon will unveil new committee assignments, including panels that will sift through hundreds of bills related to public education. If you missed our preview of some things to watch for this session, check it out here.

—Marta W. Aldrich, statehouse correspondent

UNDER FIRE  A Nashville school board meeting erupts over the leadership of Director Shawn Joseph, with one board member calling for a masked protest and another saying that the invitation was racially charged. Nashville Public Radio, The Tennessean, WTVF, Related Opinion

ANTI-SANCTUARY LAW  Tennessee cities and schools try to navigate a new state law aimed at banning so-called “sanctuary cities” and forcing local law enforcement to work more collaboratively with federal ICE agents. Memphis Public Radio

TRAUMA-INFORMED SCHOOLS  A Tri-Cities education summit on adverse childhood experiences seeks to equip teachers on ways to help students under chronic stress. WJHL 

SCHOOL SAFETY  Dickson County allocates $500,000 to put a school resource officer in each of its schools. WKRN

BUS STOPS  Why Tennessee towns are cracking down on school bus stop violations — and what you should know. The Tennessean

BUS DRIVER  A Blount County school bus driver is suspended from her job after threatening suicide. Knoxville News Sentinel, The Daily Times

TEACHERS STRIKE  America’s second-largest school district appears headed for a teachers’ strike, with more than 30,000 Los Angeles educators prepared to walk out as early as tomorrow. Chalkbeat

PORTFOLIO PUSHBACK  If Los Angeles teachers go on strike, it won’t just be about dollars and cents. It will be part of a broader fight over the role of charter schools and an obscure but influential school reform idea called the portfolio model. Chalkbeat

DISABLED STUDENTS  New York City now spends $325 million a year to send students with disabilities to private schools. Chalkbeat

Extra Credit

The Rev. William Terry Ladd III, pastor of First Baptist Church of Chattanooga on East Eighth Street, leads a prayer vigil at the State Capitol yesterday as part of Pastors for Tennessee Children, a newly formed group that advocates for children and against school vouchers. You can learn more about the group here. (Photograph by Marta W. Aldrich)