Rise & Shine: Gifted programs favor more affluent families, says new Vanderbilt study

Good morning and welcome to Monday!

Today's headline probably shocks no one. Education leaders are well aware that advantaged students receive outsized access to programs for gifted and talented students, which are linked to important benefits in learning, motivation and achievement. Meanwhile, low-income students are frequently overlooked for gifted programs. It's a problem that's backed up by studies based on data from multiple states and districts. But now a new study from Vanderbilt University ratchets up the evidence by using national data, comparing students within the same school, and factoring in similar achievement levels. Our featured story explains what the new research says — and why it's important.

Also, in case you missed it, Memphians re-elected Jim Strickland as their mayor last week. In his own words, Strickland gives Chalkbeat his positions on public education, including pre-K, school safety, and facility needs.

—Marta W. Aldrich, statehouse correspondent

MONEY OVER MERIT?  Elementary school students from higher-income families are far more likely to land in gifted programs than their lower-income classmates, even if those students go to the same school and show similar levels of achievement in math and reading, says a new study from Vanderbilt University. Chalkbeat

MAYOR STRICKLAND  Jim Strickland is elected to another four years as mayor of Memphis and says he does not intend to change the city’s funding stream of zero to Shelby County Schools. Chalkbeat

TEACHER NEGOTIATIONS  Memphis teachers would be able to earn up to $86,000 annually under the highest of three proposals from two teacher associations for Shelby County Schools. Chalkbeat

MANUFACTURING DAY  Students from 21 schools visit 15 Memphis-area companies to learn about career opportunities in manufacturing. Daily Memphian

CAREER EXPO  Whitehaven High School students discuss careers and mental health at the Memphis school’s fourth annual Empowerment Expo. WMC

HALL OF FAME  The Nashville Public Education Foundation honors Nashville’s interim school director, a charter school administrator, and a real estate executive as distinguished alumni of Metro Nashville Public Schools. The Tennessean

SCHOOL DISCIPLINE  After implementing a new code of conduct and discipline procedures, some Hamilton County school board members worry that discipline matters have actually worsened this year in Chattanooga-area schools. Times Free Press

PASSING  Chattanooga mourns the shooting death of a beloved educator and rising activist at age 25. Times Free Press

FLU MIST  With public health officials warning that this year’s flu season might be particularly bad, Knox County Schools expands its annual FluMist program. Knoxville News Sentinel

WHOLE CHILD  Here’s how a Franklin elementary school is responding to students struggling with trauma. The Tennessean 

LAWSUIT  A former Williamson County teacher wins a partial court appeal over her lawsuit arguing that she was forced to resign after administrators “bullied” her. The Tennessean

REAL ESTATE  After months of study and negotiations, Montgomery County leaders choose a 110-acre parcel as the site of the Clarksville district’s next three-school campus. The Leaf Chronicle

ENERGY AUDIT  Blount County’s 21 schools will undergo an energy audit, with plans to increase their efficiency and save money in the longrun. The Daily Times

CODE OF CONDUCT  Putnam County’s school board adopts a code of conduct for school board members. Cookeville Herald-Citizen

NEW LOGO  High school students design prospective new logos for Hawkins County Schools. Kingsport Times-News

OPINION: SCHOOL TAKEOVERS  While states like Tennessee and Ohio have paused on state interventions, taking over a low-performing school remains a powerful tool for improving them, writes a senior research analyst at the Center on Reinventing Public Education. The 74