Rise & Shine: Plan for school vouchers in Tennessee on hold again, despite national momentum

FROM NASHVILLE Despite national attention and initial momentum, vouchers sputter in Tennessee once again. Rep. Harry Brooks pushes his bill that would have piloted vouchers in Memphis. Chalkbeat, Nashville Public Radio, The Tennessean, Memphis Daily News

NEWCOMERS Responding to an influx of students from Central America and a federal investigation into how Shelby County Schools is treating them, Superintendent Dorsey Hopson wants to create a “newcomer program” for high schoolers new to the U.S. Chalkbeat

HOW I TEACH The Country Music Association honors teachers nationwide this week, including a Nashville-based music teacher. Find more about his teaching style in this edition of How I Teach. Chalkbeat

ASD LIMBO The Shelby County Schools general counsel says that the district lacks the legal authority to add grades at existing state-run schools. The Commercial Appeal

SEATBELT STALL Rep. JoAnne Favors’ bill requiring seat belts on Tennessee school buses is parked, perhaps for the year, by a House panel due to its estimated cost. Chattanooga Times Free Press, The Associated Press

HIGH HONORS Four Clarksville-Montgomery County high schools are named to the 2017 U.S. News Best High Schools rankings, with one awarded silver and three earning bronze medals. The Leaf-Chronicle

BUDGET WORRIES The Washington County school board needs to come up with nearly $1.5 million for next year’s budget, or school leaders say there could be dramatic cuts to staff positions. WCYB-TV

HIRES WANTED Blount County principals outline about a dozen positions they would like to add to their schools, although they know not all will be funded. The Daily Times

CHANGING COURSE The work of a Maury County Schools principal shows the strides the district is making toward becoming more technology focused. Columbia Daily Herald