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Rise & Shine: Some schools may exit Tennessee’s struggling turnaround district next year. But who will run them?

Good morning,

For the first time, three schools in Tennessee’s turnaround district have shown enough improvement to be eligible to leave next school year.

But because schools have never exited the eight-year-old Achievement School District for a return to local control, no one is exactly sure how that should happen — not even state officials or lawmakers.

We go over the big questions, the few answers we have, and why it all matters in our lead story today.

And in case you missed it, we at Chalkbeat Tennessee are throwing ourselves a birthday party later this month! We want to celebrate with you, so RSVP today. We will highlight some of our work that's made an impact on our community, and as always, listen to your thoughts and story ideas. Join us.

Happy reading,

-Caroline Bauman, community editor

IN THE DETAILS With few details from state officials and no precedent, the three Memphis charter schools that could be eligible for a return to local control next year now face an uncertain future. Chalkbeat

WEIGHING IN State Rep. John DeBerry took shots at teachers and their union – but said it’s also important to bring them into the fold – at an event in Washington focusing on federal “education freedom scholarship” legislation. The Daily Memphian

DIVING DEEP The Hamilton County Schools superintendent and other district officials are saying that student behavior and discipline is not an increasing problem despite some concerns. Times Free Press

FLUMIST Here’s how Knox County schools are preparing for flu season. Knoxville News Sentinel

SCHWINN WATCH The Tennessee education commissioner will keynote a college access conference in Hamilton County. Times Free Press

SCHOOL TIME The Sullivan County Schools 2020 calendar won’t be changing after all, following a split school board decision. Kingsport Times-News

NEW DIGS NEEDED Johnson City school officials say there are three key areas of concern when it comes to one school’s current facilities: safety and security, the age of the school and its capacity. Johnson City Press

PREPARATION The Tennessee Chamber Of Commerce has launched a new partnership with a Chattanooga-based company to create a career-based curriculum. The Chattanoogan

$$$ Sullivan County libraries are set to receive technology grants. Kingsport Times-News

ACROSS THE RIVER  Activists in Little Rock are mobilizing to push Gov. Hutchinson and the State Board of Ed to reconsider a plan for the city’s public schools that they say will establish separate governing structures for majority white schools and majority black schools. U.S. News & World Report 

EXTRA CREDIT

Memphis Bilingual Storytime is hosting another event this Saturday, 11 a.m., at the Benjamin Hooks Public Library. More information here.

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