Rise & Shine: Proposal to arm teachers with guns advances in Tennessee legislature

Happy Thursday!

Across the nation, lawmakers and community members are talking about whether or not teachers should be armed following the tragic Feb. 14 school shooting that killed 17 students in Parkland, Florida.

Tennessee is no exception. A bill that would open the door to teachers carrying guns in Tennessee schools passed its first hurdle yesterday. Read more in our lead story.

-Caroline, community editor

ARMING TEACHERS A Tennessee House subcommittee approved a proposal that would let select school staff voluntarily carry a concealed firearm over the objections of Gov. Bill Haslam, the state Department of Education, and a room filled with mothers and advocates of gun reform. Chalkbeat, Times Free Press, The Tennessean

A bipartisan group of Tennessee lawmakers is proposing a “stopgap measure” to increase security at schools after a Feb. 14 school shooting in Florida. The Tennessean, Times Free Press

Hamilton County’s sheriff and school superintendent discuss the possibility of arming teachers in county schools. Times Free Press

SUMMER PLANS Tennessee’s largest school district will almost double the size of a popular summer program in its second year, hoping to build on last year’s improvement in student performance. Chalkbeat

TEACHING TEACHERS “Personalized learning” comes to teacher training, bringing with it big ambitions and big questions. Chalkbeat

MLK50 A new report focuses on Shelby County and says that though African-Americans have made gains in education and increasingly work in white-collar jobs, those advances haven’t translated into equal money. The Commercial Appeal, High Ground News, MLK50 Memphis

NEW LIFE Soulsville Charter School in Memphis is renovating the blighted former Southwest Prep building with plans to lease it to another charter school. WREG

NEW TECH Students of Jackson Central-Merry Early College High School will soon get hands-on experience with new high-tech equipment made possible by Toyota. The Jackson Sun