Rise & Shine: Tennessee education group campaigns against new threats to DACA and undocumented immigrants

IMMIGRATION Responding to new threats to undocumented immigrants under the Trump administration, a Tennessee advocacy group is mobilizing educators and civil rights leaders to urge continued federal protections for those who came to the U.S. as children. Chalkbeat

EXCLUSIVE In a private meeting in March, former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan urged charter leaders to reject a boost in funding from the Trump administration at the expense of cuts to other education programs. Chalkbeat

BEYOND HIGH SCHOOL Starting today, the class of 2018 can apply for Tennessee Promise, the governor’s signature education plan allowing high school graduates to attend community or technical college tuition-free. Nashville Public Radio

CHARTER MOVE Shelby County commissioners express their disdain over a Memphis charter school planning to open in Bartlett. The Commercial Appeal, Memphis Daily News

BOOK BEVERAGE A Knoxville high school gets a grant to fund a student-run coffee bar in the school library. Knoxville News Sentinel

REBRANDING A Chattanooga-based public relations firm volunteers to help Hamilton County Schools rebrand its image. WTVC

READY TO READ Bradley County Schools touts the spread of free little libraries as creative access for children to read more. Cleveland Daily Banner

POVERTY SIMULATION Blount County Schools takes lessons from Ruby Payne who specializes in the effects of poverty on education. The Daily Times

TEACHER INNOVATION Drone races lead the ideas presented by Hamilton County teachers for the Teacherpreneur Pitch Night. Times Free Press

CHILD REPORT In an annual statewide report on child wellbeing based on health, education, economics, and family and community relationships, Williamson County took top spot while Shelby County was last. The Daily Times