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Rise & Shine: Can ‘growth’ data push parents to more integrated schools?

Dear readers,

Nice to e-meet you!

My name is Kathryn and I'm interning at Chalkbeat Tennessee as I work toward finishing a master's in journalism at the University of Missouri. Before starting journalism school I taught history in Tallahassee, Florida, so I'm thrilled to be back in the South for the summer, reporting on what matters most to me — schools!

Now, to this morning's top education news.

Families choosing schools for their kids can find themselves awash in information, from test scores and demographic data to local knowledge gleaned by talking to friends and family.

That information can feel critical for parents facing high-stakes schooling decisions. But it also may serve to entrench the segregation of schools by race and income. White families tend to avoid schools with many black students, research has shown, and low test scores can push those families away, too — scores that are also tightly correlated with student demographics.

Chalkbeat's national reporter, Matt Barnum, unpacks a new study that suggests changing parent focus to academic growth could be a new tool for school integration in today's top story.

Consider that on your way into work today.

Kathryn Palmer, intern

TOWARD INTEGRATION New research suggests that providing parents with a different menu of information could nudge them to choose schools or districts they otherwise might not — potentially helping to create more integrated schools, which have been linked to better academic outcomes for students of color. Chalkbeat

BAD HIRE A far too common error allowed a Mid-South cheerleading coach being criminally investigated to land a new job with Shelby County Schools. WREG

ON NOTICE Nashville schools board restarts process to close embattled charter school Knowledge Academies. The Tennessean

OPERATION SCHOOL BUS Seasons of Hope, a nonprofit organization helping Johnson City kids and teens whose families may not qualify for other nonprofit resources but still need a little help with school supplies, will be hosting its back to school bash July 12-27. Johnson City Free-Press

MENTAL HEALTH The Maryville Board of Education on Monday unanimously approved a contract with Helen Ross McNabb Center to provide the services at a cost of at least $91,500 for this school year. The Daily Times

OUT OF THE PAST More than 45 years after Rockvale High School was closed, it will reopen at a new location on state Route 99. Now, staff and members of the Rockvale Historical Society need the community’s help in preserving the school’s past. The Daily News Journal

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PHOTO: Laura Faith Kebede/Chalkbeat
Students at Willow Oaks Elementary School in Memphis perform a song in Spanish facilitated by Cazateatro bilingual theater group during Shelby County Schools summer learning academy.