Rise & Shine: How Memphis is taking lessons from its Innovation Zone to other struggling schools

IZONE LITE One of the few qualms that Memphians have with Shelby County School’s heralded school turnaround initiative is that more schools aren’t in it. But instead of just replicating the whole iZone model, the district is trying less expensive components on some of its other struggling schools. Chalkbeat

DEAL BREAKER Some of the 24 Catholic schools in Memphis might not accept school vouchers if their students have to take Tennessee’s state tests, a lobbyist told lawmakers. Chalkbeat

SECRETARY STATEMENTS U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said this week that she isn’t concerned that a push for more school choice could inadvertently harm America’s schools — because she believes the nation’s achievement is already too abysmal for that to be possible. Chalkbeat

$1 FOR A SCHOOL? After rejecting an offer from William Moore College of Technology to occupy a vacant school building for $1, Shelby County Schools may have to reconsider its informal nothing-is-free policy to accommodate its own funding body. The Commerical Appeal

WASHED OUT Sen. Todd Gardenhire’s effort to exempt Tennessee school systems from paying local government stormwater runoff fees didn’t make it past the Senate Energy, Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. Chattanooga Times Free Press

FAITH ISSUES The Hawkins County Commissioner agrees to pull his proposed resolution that required the phrase “In God We Trust” to be displayed in all county buildings, including schools and classrooms. Kingsport Times-News

UPDATES NEEDED Doubtful that the Blount County Commission will approve a proposal for $64 million in renovations for two 40-year-old high schools, the school board is looking to make cuts. The Daily Times

HONORS Here are the four inductees this year to the Dyersburg City Schools Hall of Honor. Dyersburg State Gazette

OP-ED “Mr. Trump, Don’t boost our budgets while cutting education,” A letter from charter school CEOs. USA Today

OPINION Metro Nashville school board member Will Pinkston says his city’s charter school industry is “unraveling.” The Tennessean