Rise & Shine: New teacher prep program trains men of color in Memphis

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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.