Rise & Shine: Tennessee leaders look to Indiana’s voucher program

Happy Friday! 

If there’s one thing Democratic Senator Eddie Melton and State Superintendent Jennifer McCormick made clear on day one of their statewide listening tour, it’s this: Improving education for all students means stakeholders have to come to the table. 

Some called the pair an unlikely duo when Melton first announced their community conversation series. Others drew partisan lines, with GOP leaders questioning McCormick’s allegiance to her Republican identity. 

But with issues as complex as teacher pay, charter schools, and social-emotional learning on the line, McCormick and Melton say they’re looking past parties and drawing on community input to help all students receive a quality education. Read on for the details. 

— Erica Irish, reporter

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‘WHAT IT’S GOING TO TAKE’: Democratic Senator Eddie Melton and Republican State Superintendent Jennifer McCormick launched their statewide listening tour in Indianapolis Thursday. Chalkbeat 

LESSONS: As Tennessee launches a voucher program for private school tuition, state officials are looking toward Indiana as a model. Chalkbeat

A BATTLE WON: American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten took what amounted to a victory lap on Thursday, telling union members they had survived a decade-long battle with “billionaires and ideologues.” Chalkbeat

MONEY TRAIL: Political influencer and billionaire Charles Koch is assembling donors in the Yes Every Kid initiative to affect school choice at the state level. AP, WTHR 

GROWING UP: Researchers find less attentive children are more likely to bring in less money as adults. CNBC