Rise & Shine: What does the federal tax bill mean for schools and families? These stories can help you understand

Good morning! There was a lot of information over the weekend about the federal tax bill making its way through the House and Senate. But do you know how public education is affected? We've got a round up for you to learn what's being debated as lawmakers reconcile the two versions of the bill.

Also, be sure to catch up on the latest discussion of a possible split of Signal Mountain from Hamilton County Schools where representatives from Memphis suburban districts share their story of similar splits.

— Laura Faith Kebede, reporter

FOLLOW THE MONEY In the federal tax bill’s fine print — which some senators said they had not yet read — there’s potential changes for educators, families, and their schools. Chalkbeat

SCHOOL SECESSION Representatives from Memphis suburban school districts travel to Signal Mountain in Hamilton County to share their story of splitting off from Shelby County Schools, saying there has been “no data” to support there’s been a negative effect on the Memphis district left behind. Times Free Press

POVERTY & EDUCATION An investment in Memphis pre-K will no doubt reap long-term rewards. But it does nothing to reduce poverty for Memphis families today. MLK50

RACIST THREATS About 200 students walk out of a Brownsville high school in protest after social media posts from white students making death threats to black students result in essays as punishment. The Jackson Sun, WMC, Local Memphis

DUAL LANGUAGE Several all-Spanish language kindergarten classes are slated to begin next school year in Clarksville-Montgomery County. The Leaf-Chronicle

VOTE 2018 Education is the focus of the first televised, statewide gubernatorial forum of the 2018 election sponsored by the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE), Belmont University, the USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee and the NewsChannel5 Network. The Tennessean

BUILDING UP Lakeland parents gather to share the the pros and cons of the school system building its first high school. WMC, Local Memphis

NEW LEADER Grundy County schools board elects a new chair after the previous one resigns amid growing animosity among fellow board members and the director of schools during an investigation of an attempted aggravated rape and the vandalism of a school board member’s vehicle. Times Free Press

DIGITAL LEARNING How music videos are helping seventh graders in Tipton County learn algebra. The Covington Leader

PROGRAM CUTS Leaders of the Knoxville branch of the NAACP send letters to school board members and the superintendent questioning the possible elimination of the district’s association with a principal preparation program. Knoxville News Sentinel

YOUNG AUTHORS In Cleveland, 125 middle schoolers complete the challenge to write a novel in one month. Cleveland Daily Banner

LUNCH LADIES A new Facebook group of Mt. Juliet mothers are paying off overdue student meal accounts at 11 Wilson County schools. The Tennessean

SAFE TRAVELS Gallatin students map out safe places to walk in the greater Nashville area using an app designed by a Meharry Medical College associate professor. The Tennessean

PICK A SIDE With only weeks until Williamson voters head to the polls, local groups — political and otherwise — have started mapping where their support lies on a sales tax referendum to help schools. The Tennessean