Rise & Shine: Tennessee’s turnaround district gets new leadership team for a new chapter

ACHIEVEMENT SCHOOL DISTRICT  Tennessee brings in some new blood to help lead its turnaround district. Chalkbeat

VOUCHER DEBATE  A new report by the Center For American Progress describes the “racist origins” of school vouchers — and contributes to the debate over whether vouchers exacerbate segregation. Chalkbeat

CHARTER ACCOUNTABILITY  Some struggling charter schools in Memphis will have extra time to improve before facing possible closure, thanks to a combination of decisions by the state and Shelby County Schools. The Commercial Appeal

REGISTRATION SNAG  Computer problems lead to registration delays for Shelby County Schools. Local Memphis

ENROLLMENT PUSH  For the first time, Metro Nashville Public Schools opens two enrollment centers on Saturdays ahead of the school year. The Tennessean

VOLUNTEER SPIRIT  More than a hundred parents, teachers and other volunteers pitch in over the weekend to beautify nine Memphis schools. Local Memphis, The Commercial Appeal, WMC

CALLING ALL MEN  More than 100 faith-based leaders join officials with Shelby Schools to urge men across Memphis to show up on the first day of school to welcome students, teachers and administrators. WMC

TEACHER TURNOVER  Here’s how Nashville schools are working to address a large number of teacher departures. The Tennessean

BURNOUT  A former Nashville principal says long hours and a high-stress environment led him to quit his job. WTVF

CAMP COLLEGE  A three-day program in Chattanooga walks low-income students through the college application process and more. Times Free Press

SOLAR ECLIPSE  More than 100 educators from across Middle Tennessee gather at Lipscomb University to learn from NASA astronomers and other experts about the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse passing over their schools. The Tennessean

ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVE  As the new school year approaches, school officials remind parents to get students’ vaccinations up-to-date. Local Memphis, Herald-Citizen

AVIATION INSTRUCTION  Rutherford County school leaders explore launching aviation training ranging from drones to flight school certification. Daily News Journal

PERSONALIZED LEARNING  Blount County Schools plans to offer new personalized learning options through three virtual academies beginning in the 2018-19 school year. The Daily Times

HISTORY LESSON  Alcoa’s city historian gives teachers a lesson on the East Tennessee town, including historic photos. The Daily Times

FLEXIBLE SEATING  A Cheatham County middle school teacher seeks to create a coffee shop-style classroom environment with with bean bag chairs, high tables and maybe couches too.  The Tennessean

SUICIDE GAME  The Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network advises parents about an apparent suicide game called the Blue Whale Challenge. The Tennessean

TAKING THE LONG VIEW  Henry County school leaders zoom in on improved reading in the early grades as the path to get students’ ACT scores up in high school. The Paris Post-Intelligencer

TAKING STOCK  Russell Dyer talks about his first year on the job as director of Cleveland City Schools. Cleveland Banner

CLASS OF 2017  Here’s a snapshot of Sumner County’s graduation numbers. The Tennessean