Rise & Shine: Five Memphis charter applicants appeal denials by school board

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Appeals filed with the state yesterday by five charter school applicants are setting the stage for a challenge to Shelby County Schools' tougher new policies for charter approval. The denials came several weeks ago after the school board passed new policies aimed at having more control over the types, location, and quality of charter schools in Memphis, which is home to the largest number of charters statewide. But every applicant who has appealed is now arguing for approval by citing Shelby County Schools’ own analysis of Memphis school options. Laura Faith Kebede has more here on what's up ahead.

—Marta W. Aldrich, statehouse correspondent

CHARTER APPEALS  Five applicants to open charter schools in Memphis appeal to the state Board of Education after being denied their charters by Shelby County Schools. Chalkbeat

VOUCHER HEARING  Only two people speak during a public hearing in Nashville over proposed rules that will govern Tennessee’s education voucher program opening next year in Memphis and Nashville. The Tennessean

ADVANCED PLACEMENT  Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn announces that a record-high 33,800 public school students took Advanced Placement exams last school year across Tennessee. Winchester Herald Chronicle

SCHOOL FUNDING  The Shelby County community of Lakeland is approved for a $60 million federal loan to fund a new high school. The Commercial Appeal

SCHOOL SAFETY  Parents at a Memphis elementary school step up to improve school safety after a beloved crossing guard is hit and injured by a car. WATN

BULLY PULPIT  After being hailed on national television for fighting bullying in their Memphis school, three teens are honored by the Memphis City Council. WATN

MAYOR COOPER  Nashville’s new mayor starts his first day in office by meeting with the director of Metro Nashville public schools. Nashville Public Radio

PASSING  Fielding Rolston, the Eastman Chemical Co. engineer who served for more than two decades on Tennessee’s state Board of Education, dies at age 78. Kingsport Times-News

VAPING CRISIS  A Chattanooga hospital opens a clinic to address the use of electronic cigarettes by patients under 21. Times Free Press

School leaders in Bristol step up education for students and families about the dangers of the nicotine products. Bristol Herald Courier

AGRIBUSINESS  Middle school students in the Memphis bedroom community of Collierville hold an agri-STEM expo to showcase possible agricultural careers. Daily Memphian

FARM TO SCHOOL  Students studying agriculture at Weakley County’s Dresden High School work to bring the fruits of their labor to their school cafeteria. WPSD

DELAYED DIPLOMA  The new construction chief for fast-growing Rutherford County Schools earns a late-in-life college degree to secure his new job. Daily News Journal

FIRST PERSON  A New Jersey educator says: Don’t make black male teachers like me the default disciplinarian. Chalkbeat

CHARTER VETO  Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer uses line-item vetoes to reject dozens of education programs proposed by the Republican-controlled state legislature, including a funding increase for charter schools and summer reading programs. Chalkbeat

ARMING TEACHERS  Under a new Florida law passed in response to the 2018 shooting spree at a Parkland high school, some Florida teachers can now carry guns inside the classroom. CNN


Gov. Bill Lee helps cut the ribbon on KIPP Nashville’s new K-8 campus, KIPP Antioch College Prep, on Tuesday. The charter network now operates seven schools with 2,300 students across Davidson County. (Photo courtesy of KIPP Nashville)