Rise & Shine: Will pre-K put the city of Memphis back in the education business?
Good morning and happy Monday!
For the first time since the city of Memphis ceased funding schools after the merger of city and county districts, city officials are exploring getting back into public education — by putting dollars into pre-K classrooms. Our Caroline Bauman has the scoop on what three city council members are proposing — and why it matters.
Also, curious which Chalkbeat stories were the most-read last month? You can find out here, here and here.
—Marta W. Aldrich, bureau chief
PRE-K POTENTIAL Three City Council members say they will introduce a resolution to support expanding public pre-K in Memphis, including finding a way to fund it. Chalkbeat
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GET MOVING With the help of a state grant, MTSU launches a pilot program to promote after-school physical activity for nine elementary schools in Sullivan, Meigs, Benton and Hickman counties. Daily News Journal, The Associated Press
TITLE I DISTINCTION A Johnson City elementary school is named a National Title I Distinguished School. Johnson City Press
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20 MINUTES Williamson County’s later school start times draws mixed reviews from families and employees. The Tennessean
AWARD Dolly Parton’s foundation presents an award to a former Blount County teacher for overcoming adversity. The Daily Times
LEGO LEARNING Greeneville students put their STEM skills to the test during a mock lego competition. The Greeneville Sun
BRANDING Two new schools in fast-growing Spring Hill will be christened under the name of Battle Creek. Columbia Daily Herald
DEVOS WATCH Why her allies say President Trump is the new obstacle of Betsy DeVos’s “school choice” agenda. The New York Times
OPINION: PRE-K OPPORTUNITY The long-range plan to move Memphis out of poverty begins by investing in public pre-K, says one city councilman. The Commercial Appeal
OPINION: FAKING THE GRADE Was the education reform miracle in New Orleans a lie? Several recent editorials say yes. The New Orleans Tribune, Stamford Advocate