Rise & Shine: Three education issues that separate the candidates in the governor’s race

Good morning,

On the countdown to Election Day, you're probably being flooded with campaign fliers in your mailbox and bombarded by campaign commercials on the television. Maybe you've been at home — Saturday afternoons are quite popular I've discovered—  to catch personal visits from some of the candidates themselves. It can be a lot to process. In the race for governor, we have done the homework for you. In advance of the final gubernatorial debate tonight, our story sorts through previous debate highlights and talking points and identifies the three hot-button education issues that separate Republican Bill Lee and Democrat Karl Dean.

Keep reading and have a great weekend!

— Jacinthia Jones, bureau chief


DIFFERING OPINIONS While the first two debates have been polite and cordial between Democrat Karl Dean and Republican Bill Lee, sharp differences have emerged on hot-button education issues in the race to be Tennessee’s next governor. Chalkbeat

ON TOUR More than 500 students from 18 Memphis area schools toured 16 different manufacturing operations across the city recently, as part of national Manufacturing Day, a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of employees. The Daily Memphian

UNDER CONSTRUCTION Students continue to go class amid the $60 million renovation at Bartlett High School scheduled for completion in 2020. The Commercial Appeal

HOME VISITS A home visitation program, Parents As Teachers, provides social services and support to about 300 clients with young children in Shelby County — all done out of the children’s home. The Commercial Appeal

OPINION Memphis needs to try something new: unified enrollment. It can level the playing field for all families. The Commercial Appeal

LEAD TESTING Williamson County Schools could start testing for lead in schools built through 1997. The Tennessean

BIG CHECK The NEA Foundation awarded a Franklin schools teacher and Tennessee’s Teacher of the Year with $10,000. The Tennessean

MONEY QUESTIONS A vote among Franklin leaders has left county and school district officials frazzled over how $21 million in Williamson County sales tax referendum money will be split between its two districts. The Tennessean

SCHOOL SAFETY The Blount County school officials approved the priorities for spending a $242,680 state grant for school safety that the board and County Commission approved last month. The Daily Times

PASS OR FAIL Being held back a grade in middle school, researchers found, substantially increases the chance that students drop out of high school. Chalkbeat



Extra Credit

Davidson County Juvenile Court Clerk Lonnell Matthews reads with students Thursday as part the Jump In, Nashville! campaign that aims to improve literacy among children in the city. Matthews and Metro Nashville Mayor David Briley read to Fall-Hamilton Elementary’s pre-K classes on a Jump In-branded WeGo bus for 20 minutes, which is the recommended minimum length of time youngsters should read daily. To learn more about the campaign or to pledge to become a partner, visit <a href="https://jumpinnashville.com">https://jumpinnashville.com</a>. (Photo courtesy of Jump In, Nashville!)