Rise & Shine: Tennessee considers new approach for getting local schools to improve: working with them

SCHOOL TURNAROUND  For its next experiment in how to improve struggling schools, Tennessee is taking inspiration from a model that’s shown promise in a small city in Massachusetts.  Chalkbeat, Times Free Press

TRUMP’S EDUCATION AGENDA  The Trump administration appears to be going ahead with a $1 billion effort to push districts to allow school choice. Chalkbeat, The Washington Post

EN POINTE  How ballet is energizing one Memphis school — and helped save it from closing.  Chalkbeat

GRADUATION BRAWL  A fight breaks out among adults during Arlington High School’s graduation ceremony at a Memphis church. WMC, The Commercial Appeal, ABC News, The Associated Press

HOPSON CONTRACT  Dozens of principals encourage Shelby County’s school board to extend Superintendent Dorsey Hopson’s contract. The Commercial Appeal, Chalkbeat

SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH  Hamilton County’s school board interviews more candidates to be the district’s next superintendent. Times Free Press

BRACING FOR IMPACT  Hamilton County Schools could lose more than $4 million in reimbursements under Medicaid changes being advanced as part of a federal health care overhaul. Times Free Press

PAY RAISES  Under a revised budget, Nashville schools Director Shawn Joseph announces a 3 percent raise for personnel. The Tennessean

TNREADY SCORES  Kingsport’s school board gives its superintendent discretion to waive a policy requiring TNReady and end-of-course exams as part of students’ final grades. Kingsport Times-News

NOT CHOSEN  The principal of a Nashville high school lashes out at Cheatham County’s school board for picking a Colorado assistant superintendent over him to be the district’s next director. The Tennessean

BUS CRASH TRIAL  Out-of-town jurors will be brought to Chattanooga to hear the case of the school bus driver charged in a crash that killed six elementary school students last fall. The Associated Press, Times Free Press

MR. FRANK  Meet the 91-year-old substitute teacher who’s worked in Nashville schools for about 30 years. Nashville Public Radio

CELEBRATION  With Memphis’ only dual-language immersion  program, Treadwell Elementary School celebrates the end of the school year with song and dance. WREG

MIGHTY SOUND  Shelby County’s Snowden Middle School brings home seven first-place trophies for band at a Chicago music festival. WMC

GOOD JOB  Achievements at Nashville’s Whites Creek High School, including an alternative energy academy that has been racking up accolades, inspire a proclamation from the city’s mayor. The Tennessean 

BLACK GUNK  Work is now underway to clean a Nashville middle school’s air vents after some parents and teachers complain that filthy conditions are causing illness. WSMV

NONRESIDENT STUDENTS  Alcoa’s school board votes down a proposed $100 increase in tuition for nonresident students. The Daily Times

FUNDING REQUEST  Oak Ridge’s school board will ask the City County for almost $1 million to fund a 2.5 percent pay increase for all employees. The Oak Ridger

TECHNOLOGY INVESTMENT  Dyer County’s school board approves funding to purchase Chromebooks for the district’s high school students. State Gazette

LUNCH BOX  Using school buses that have been converted into mobile cafeterias, a summer meals program for low-income students in Hawkins County prepares for its 12th summer. Kingsport Times-News

PARADE OF GRADUATES  Hawkins County high school seniors get high-fives from youngsters as they parade through elementary schools in their caps and gowns. Kingsport Times-News

BOXTOPS FOR SCHOOLS  A Greeneville elementary school becomes the set of a video shoot as one of 20 U.S. schools chosen for a General Mills promotional video. The Greeneville Sun

LOOKING AHEAD  Greene County school leaders get community input on the district’s future needs as part of a facilities study.  The Greeneville Sun

LESSONS IN CHARITY  Third-graders at a Knox County school gather more than 200 dental care items to donate to children in need in Guatemala. Knoxville News Sentinel