Rise & Shine: Tennessee’s largest teachers group endorses Dean for governor

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With less than a month to go before Election Day, Tennessee's two candidates for governor sought to differentiate themselves during their second debate last night — but without landing punches when it comes to public education. Democrat Karl Dean did land a new endorsement, however, albeit one that was expected. His third and final debate with Republican Bill Lee is scheduled for Friday in Nashville.

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—Marta W. Aldrich, statehouse correspondent

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ELECTION 2018  The Tennessee Education Association’s politial action committee endorses Democrat Karl Dean for governor, while Republican Bill Lee reportedly snubs an invitation to meet with the group’s leaders. Chalkbeat

During their second debate, the candidates present differing views on education, specifically about school vouchers. The Tennessean, The Associated Press, Kingsport Times-News, Johnson City Press, Nashville Public Radio, WCYB

Hours before the debate, Dean’s campaign releases a new ad that takes jabs at Lee for his support of school vouchers. The Tennessean 

Too young to vote, Memphis teens lead a campaign to engage citizens who can go to the polls. Chalkbeat

Youth voter turnout is notoriously low in the U.S., especially when social studies classes are notably absent. The Atlantic

CAPITAL PROJECTS  Nashville’s mayor proposes spending $351 million for schools, parks, sidewalks and more. The Tennessean, Nashville Business Journal

WORK-BASED LEARNING  A Hamilton County Schools program in advanced manufacturing becomes the state’s first work-based learning program to earn a registered apprenticeship designation from the U.S. Department of Labor. Times Free Press

NEW SCHOOL  Williamson County will move forward with the construction of a new elementary school in east Franklin after approving funding for the $29 million project. The Tennessean

RELIGIOUS HOLIDAYS  Students who miss school to observe religious holidays complain that they’re penalized by Williamson County Schools’ exam policy. The Tennessean

#BRANDING   Schools in Blount County embrace social media as a resource to engage families and share information. The Daily Times