Rise & Shine: Researchers question Tennessee Promise’s legacy

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There are many reasons students in low-income communities miss school. A new initiative by Seeding Success in Memphis seeks to track those reasons and help educators figure out how to reduce time out of class. Learn more about this effort that is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in today's featured story.

— Laura Faith Kebede, reporter

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FOLLOWING THE MONEY Solving problems like chronic absenteeism and disparities in graduation rates and academic progress is the goal of the nearly $1 million philanthropic dollars earmarked for 15 Shelby County schools. Chalkbeat

CAMPAIGN TRAIL Democratic candidate for governor Karl Dean makes stop at White Station High School in Memphis. Local Memphis

BEYOND HIGH SCHOOL Researchers say Tennessee Promise, the state’s free community college program for eligible high school seniors, could be shortchanging low-income students. Nashville Public Radio, WKNO

Motlow State Community College will receive a $250,000 state grant to help high school students earn two-year degrees in the high-demand field of mechatronics. Daily News Journal

TEACHER BARGAINING A judge says Maury County Public Schools did not uphold state laws in its dealings with the local education association representing teachers. The Daily Herald

STUDENT SAFETY Knoxville parents are concerned after videos show boys sitting in the aisle of the bus after the driver reportedly gives priority seats for girls to teach manners. Knoxville News Sentinel

LAWSUIT A lawsuit claims three former Knox County Schools employees were fired in retaliation for reporting inappropriate actions by the district’s security chief. Knoxville News Sentinel

INVESTIGATION A state report finds that a Robertson County Schools employee sidestepped financial reporting policy but no criminal activity was found. The Tennessean

OBAMA EFFECT The Chicago high school that will anchor the Obama Center project gets a $40 million boost to its building. Chalkbeat

FUTURE OF SCHOOLS U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos visits Indianapolis again to uplift a school that allows students to learn academic material while working on real-world problems. Chalkbeat

GATES GRANTS In latest move, Gates Foundation looks to help — and learn from — charters serving students with disabilities. Chalkbeat


Nashville teacher Alesha Harmon was one of six teachers featured in this week’s New York Times Magazine back-to-school issue. She is a seventh grade math teacher at Valor Voyager Academy. Read more about her teaching experience and what she believes it takes to keep teachers in the classroom: https://ckbe.at/2NG5yjW