Rise & Shine: 600 new Memphis teachers excited for the first day of school

Good morning,

Happy back to school for many of you in Memphis! We look forward to learning along with you  as we all navigate another school year. As always, feel free to reach out at tn.tips@chalkbeat.org to talk about your hopes, concerns, and experiences.

As we prepare to do more reporting about literacy and pre-kindergarten this year, we want to hear what you think your students and children need to be successful and any questions you want us to find answers to. Join us for our listening tour event at the Benjamin Hooks Central Library next Thursday. Dinner and childcare will be provided, but please reserve your spot.

— Laura Faith Kebede, reporter

NEW TEACHERS Ready to ‘make a change,’ 600 new Memphis teachers excited for the first day of school. Chalkbeat, Local Memphis

DECISION 2020 On the heels of his criticism of Sen. Kamala Harris and former vice president Joe Biden’s exchange on school integration at last week’s Democratic primary debate, U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet isn’t calling for new efforts to integrate American schools. Chalkbeat

BULLYING A Memphis therapist urges parents to watch for signs of bullying in school. WMC

BACK TO SCHOOL One of the Tennessee Titans was a guest ambassador at a local event helping Nashville students gear up for success for the new school year. WSMV

Unicoi’s director of schools, John English, said new this year will be an increased focus on school safety and chronic absenteeism. Johnson City Press 

Williamson County Schools started the school year Friday with a new superintendent Jason Golden. The Tennessean

MOVERS & SHAKERS Kenneth Bradshaw, the chief operations officer for Hamilton County Schools, has been named the sole finalist for superintendent of Richmond County Schools in Augusta, Georgia. Times Free Press

TEACHER TRAINING A controversial teacher training in Chattanooga that included talk about white privilege has sparked an important question among Hamilton County educators: Should teachers talk about race? Times Free Press

POLICE IN SCHOOLS Greene County Schools will have a school resource officer assigned to all of its buildings with students by January 2020. Greeneville Sun

LEARNING DISABILITIES Columbia high school students continue their effort to bring a greater understanding about dsylexia, and their voices are being heard. The Daily Herald

CHARTER SCHOOLS NAACP leaders say that members are being paid by right-wing groups to infiltrate the organization and sow chaos because of the civil rights group’s stance against charter schools. HuffPost