Rise & Shine: The faults in Tennessee’s school turnaround effort

Happy Wednesday! 

This week, our partners in Chicago and Memphis are giving us a glimpse of how their cities are grappling with issues across their local school districts as they try to forge new pathways to quality education for area students. 

In Memphis, new research found that efforts to turnaround failing schools part of the city’s Achievement School District haven’t yielded the best results. And in Chicago, low enrollment at area schools is drawing in community organizers to brainstorm how to best use soon-to-be empty spaces. Read on to see each story. 

Have a great day, 

— Erica Irish, reporter

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TRANSFORMATION: Tennessee school turnaround models either haven’t worked or are stalling out, new research finds. Chalkbeat 

ALTERNATIVES: In a Chicago district with more than 200 under-enrolled schools, what options do parents and community leaders have besides school closings? Chalkbeat

ANALYSIS: What it means when Democratic frontrunners say they support the Strength in Diversity Act. Chalkbeat

BULLYING: A new federal report shows more students are experiencing bullying online, even while bullying in schools has stagnated. The Washington Post

SCHOOL 43: Community organizers in Butler-Tarkington want to see changes at their struggling neighborhood school. Fox59

REPRESENTATION: Members of the Greater Terre Haute NAACP met with the Vigo County School Board Monday to talk about how to better attract minority teachers. Tribune Star

EXPANSION: Teachers’ Treasures, an organization that distributes classroom supplies at no cost to area teachers, is opening a second location on the west side. WISH, WTHR