Rise & Shine: Governor wants voucher program to launch a year ahead of deadline

Good morning,

Gov. Bill Lee is seeking to expedite the launch of his signature education savings accounts program. That means as soon as next summer, low-income families in Memphis and Nashville could have about $7,300 to use for a range of private education services.

"Every day without implementation is another day that a child is stuck in a failing school and parents are lacking a choice for their son or daughter," said Laine Arnold, Lee’s press secretary. Read more in our exclusive story by Marta W. Aldrich.

And we hope that you'll share this callout for stories about your experiences with busing and desegregation of Memphis public schools. We'll publish a selection of your responses.


— Laura Faith Kebede, reporter

ACCELERATED Tennessee’s governor wants his signature education voucher program to launch a year ahead of deadline. Chalkbeat

DESEGREGATION If you were a student, parent, or teacher during the period that Memphis relied on busing to desegregate schools, we’d love to hear about your experiences and how you think it shaped your life. Chalkbeat

SHUTTING DOWN Campaign for School Equity, a Memphis education advocacy organization born out of a national pro-voucher group is shutting down at the end of the month after three years. Chalkbeat

HISTORY TOUR Memphis teens lead tours to share Whitehaven’s history with help from Blues City Cultural Center. High Ground News

BUDGET CRUNCH Maury County school officials give initial OK to budget that includes a 6-cent tax rate increase to pay for teacher raises and staff at a newly constructed school after revenue was below projections. Daily Herald

A 2-cent property tax rate increase means that Sullivan County schools will each have a school resource officer. Kingsport Times-News

MEMORIES School officials at Murfreesboro’s Rockvale High School hope former students and staff will share memorabilia for the grand reopening of the school. Daily News Journal

VIRTUAL SCHOOL ‘How did we miss this?’ Indiana officials blast lack of oversight in $40 million virtual school scandal. Chalkbeat