According to a 2016 study by the U.S. Department of Education, black males make up just 2 percent of the teaching workforce nationwide. And while the percentage is higher in Memphis, it doesn't come close to matching the demographics of the city's students in the classroom. Now a new teacher prep program in Memphis is trying to bridge that gap. Read more about its goals and strategies.
—Marta W. Aldrich
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MAN UP A new Memphis teacher prep program seeks to recruit and equip more men of color for careers in education. Chalkbeat
DEPARTURE Kathleen Airhart, who recently served as interim leader of Tennessee’s Achievement School District, steps down as the state’s deputy education commissioner and chief operating officer. Chalkbeat
NOW HIRING About a month from the start of a new school year, Nashville’s district has fewer teaching vacancies than this time last year. The Tennessean
SCHOOL CAPACITY Nashville parents whose children attend one of the state’s largest high schools press district leaders for an additional school to alleviate overcrowding. WSMV
UNVEILING Hamilton County leaders present plans for a new middle school at a community forum. Times Free Press
RIVER WORKSHOP Standing knee-deep in South Chickamauga Creek, Chattanooga-area teachers learn how to teach their students about water and natural ecosystems. Times Free Press
MIKE LOONEY Here’s how much it’s costing Williamson County taxpayers for an investigation into the arrest of its school superintendent. The Tennessean
SECURITY REVIEWS This summer, teams of school administrators and first responders are working on the best ways to keep students safe this fall. WJHL, Chalkbeat
LOBBY GUARD Maryville’s school board approves the purchase of electronic kiosks to check in visitors. The Daily Times
BUDGET SEASON Williamson County commissioners sign off on a $350 million schools budget that Superintendent Mike Looney says is without bells or whistles. The Tennessean
Sullivan County school leaders earmark any excess money from last year’s budget for new school construction projects. Kingsport Times-News
HUAN YING’ A Cumberland County high school adds Mandarin Chinese to its foreign language offerings. Crossville Chronicle
BUS DRIVER BACKLASH About 40 Washington County school bus drivers sign a petition asking for the removal of the district’s new transportation supervisor. WJHL, WCYB
CAUSE AND EFFECT Do suspensions lead to higher dropout rates and other academic problems? In New York City, the answer appears to be yes. Chalkbeat
PHOTO: George Walker IV/The Tennessean
Early voting starts this Friday for Tennessee’s gubernatorial primaries. To help clarify the candidates’ positions on public education, Chalkbeat asked each of the top contenders 13 big questions. You can read the answers of the Democratic candidates here and the Republican candidates here.