Rise & Shine: Six things we heard during Tennessee’s first gubernatorial forum on education

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If you watched last night's gubernatorial forum on education, you probably didn't identify big winners or losers. Candidates introduced themselves to voters in mostly broad strokes during a cordial one-hour exchange that highlighted everything from teacher pay to pre-K. But one clear winner was public education, the sole topic of the first forum televised statewide this election year. The candidates' performance also serves as a baseline going forward. Our report today offers some insights.

—Marta W. Aldrich, bureau chief


GOVERNOR’S RACE  Here are six things we heard during last night’s gubernatorial forum on education. Chalkbeat

Candidates to be Tennessee’s next governor largely agree on broad issues facing education, except for a partisan split on in-state tuition for immigrants whose parents brought them to the country illegally. The Associated Press, The Tennessean, Nashville Public Radio,

In the aftermath of yesterday’s deadly school shooting in Kentucky, the candidates talk about how to keep schools safe.  The Tennessean

U.S. Rep. Diane Black, one of the most well-known candidates in the race, skips the forum to attend a fundraiser. The Tennessean

JUBILEE CLOSURE  The entire Memphis Jubilee Catholic Schools Network will close at the end of next school year, with plans for Shelby County Schools to authorize a charter network to replace them. The Commercial Appeal, Memphis Daily News, WREG, Local Memphis

TOP TEACHERS  Two teachers receive Teacher of the Year awards from Shelby County Schools. Fox13, Local Memphis

GROWING AN EDUCATION  A nonprofit organization builds 100 learning gardens in Memphis schools to teach kids about real food. Memphis Public Radio

TNREADY & TEACHER EVALUATIONS  A bill working its way through the state legislature would not tie teacher evaluations to test scores until those tests go a year without problems. The Greeneville Sun

RAPE INVESTIGATION  Three months after receiving reports about the attempted aggravated rape of a 15-year-old student, Grundy County Schools has not launched a Title IX investigation. Times Free Press

SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH  Rutherford County’s school board hires the Tennessee School Boards Association to conduct the search for its new director. Daily News Journal, Murfreesboro Post

NEW LEADER  Jackson-Madison County Schools Superintendent Eric Jones talks about his first six months on the job. The Jackson Sun

ENROLLMENT GROWTH  As Maryville City Schools works to add elementary classrooms, it’s already having to add teachers to keep class sizes within state regulations. The Daily Times

FUND BALANCE  Alcoa’s school board looks at ways to spend money left over from last school year and also approves a new policy for granting tenure. The Daily Times

A SURPRISING LINK  When students push through international tests to finish strong, their countries’ economies grow more, according to new research that speaks to the issue of “grit.” Chalkbeat


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