Rise & Shine: What you need to know about Memphis teacher raises this year

Good morning!

If you’re a teacher in Shelby County Schools, you're probably unsure whether Superintendent Dorsey Hopson's proposed raise applies to you. Check out our explainer.

Also, today opens the three-week window for state standardized tests across Tennessee. Read our TNReady preview for the latest details on the transition to online testing.

—Marta W. Aldrich


TEACHER RAISES  Here’s who would get a raise, how much, and why from the $7 million set aside for teacher raises under Superintendent Dorsey Hopson’s proposed budget for Shelby County Schools. Chalkbeat

CONTRITE COMMENTS  Speaking to a teachers union event in Memphis, Education Commissioner Candice McQueen apologizes for the state’s unrealistic goals for its Achievement School District. The Commercial Appeal, WMC

ACADEMIC PLAN  The Memphis school board will vote tomorrow on a new academic plan for Shelby County Schools, which Chief of Schools Sharon Griffin says will include monthly updates. The Commercial Appeal, Chalkbeat

HOW I TEACH  Why this Memphis history teacher seeks to create a “calming slice of Africa” in his classroom. Chalkbeat

STUDENT VOICES  Memphis-area students and administrators iron out the details of this Thursday’s planned school walkout to call for tougher gun laws and safer schools. Local Memphis

Williamson County students plan a town hall this Friday on school safety and gun control reform. The Tennessean

Nashville high school singers create a tribute song with a school choir from Charlottesville, Virginia, to honor people recovering from the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. WSMV, WKRN

PLANTING SEEDS  Shelby County fourth- and fifth-graders tour the University of Memphis to get a taste of college life. WMC, Fox13

SPANKING BILL  The Tennessee Senate is scheduled today to vote on a bill that would ban the spanking of disabled children at public schools. The Associated Press

WATER FOUNTAINS  Metro Nashville makes changes aimed at improving drinking water at schools following reports of higher-than-normal lead levels. WZTZ

TNREADY OPTIMISM  In-house data in Nashville schools points to a reason for optimism ahead of TNReady testing season. The Tennessean

TNREADY CUISINE  Blount County Schools offers students and their families free meals for dinner during TNReady testing weeks. The Daily Times

BUDGET SEASON  Nashville’s school board shoots down a budget proposal that would have restricted raises to people making less than $125,000 in order to hire more social workers. The Tennessean

In his first proposed budget, Hamilton County Superintendent Bryan Johnson wants to raise teacher pay, invest in technology, and hire more counselors and teachers for art and ESL. Times Free Press

OUTGOING PRINCIPALS  Ten Hamilton County principals, including one who is the county’s longest-tenured principal and another who leads the county’s largest school, will retire at the end of this school year. WRCB

MIDDLE SCHOOL REBOOT  Hamilton County officials hope to add social and emotional supports, art classes, and better career preparation at the middle school level. Times Free Press

EDUCATION EQUITY  Here’s a look at how Hamilton County school and community leaders are seeking to address inequities in Chattanooga-area schools. Times Free Press

VALEDICTORIAN FLAP  Grundy County’s school board chooses 11 students to be valedictorians after a controversy erupts over the person who was initially picked. WDEF

AUDIT REVIEW  Maury County’s school board holds a special called meeting to review the state comptroller’s scathing audit of the district. Columbia Daily Herald

BUILDING FOR GROWTH  Murfreesboro’s mayor announces the site of the city’s next elementary school, scheduled to open in the summer of 2019. Daily News Journal

READING DILEMMA  Why American students haven’t gotten better at reading in 20 years The Atlantic

TECH TALK  How advocates of “personalized learning” are honing their message Chalkbeat

ASD COPYCAT  Opinion: A promising school innovation in North Carolina has turned slimy, says the editorial board of The Charlotte Observer


PHOTO: Bruce Elementary School
Students at Bruce Elementary School hold a pep rally in Memphis to say they’re ready for TNReady testing.

Visit here to see a video of another TNReady pep rally at Georgian Hills and Frayser achievement schools in Memphis.