Rise & Shine: Tennessee’s plan to grade its schools gets a bit more complicated

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Tennessee’s plan to start grading its schools this year has taken a big detour. Days of online testing problems this spring forced officials to toss out a new A-F grading system, which has been under development for more than a year. Now the state Education Department has come up with a different approach to help parents and communities understand how their schools performed last year. Statehouse correspondent Marta Aldrich has all the details.

— Laura Faith Kebede, reporter

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CHANGE OF PLANS With A-F grades off the table due to TNReady testing issues, Tennessee gets creative about rating its schools under federal law. Chalkbeat

MOVERS & SHAKERS The principal of one of Memphis’ most popular schools will lead Shelby County Schools’ efforts to add more advanced courses for students. Chalkbeat

BUDGET TALKS Conversation is heating up about how Shelby County’s property tax surplus will be allocated to schools. Memphis Daily News, Local Memphis

SUMMER READING Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen visits Bartlett to showcase a summer reading program to keep up student learning outside of school. Local Memphis

FUNDING GAPS Surplus money from Knox County and the state will be what keeps some magnet school programs from closing. Knoxville News Sentinel

REAL-LIFE EXPERIENCE Rutherford County businesses become classrooms for high school students. The Daily News Journal


PHOTO: The Memphis Lift
Fellowship director Dianechia Fields, left, and Sarah Carpenter, executive director of The Memphis Lift, congratulate Agustin Cienfuegos, graduate from the eighth cohort of the fellowship. Shelby County Commissioner Melvin Burgess, right, was the keynote speaker. The advocacy fellowship has now trained about 300 parents and grandparents. To learn more about the next session, visit www.memphislift.org.