Rise & Shine: Presidential contender coming to a Memphis school Sunday

Good morning!

Democratic presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren is planning on making a campaign stop at Douglass High School in Memphis. The school is in Shelby County Schools' prized Innovation Zone for improving low-performing schools and recently earned its way off the state's list of schools testing in the bottom 5 percent. Douglass High was also a stop on Tennessee Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn's first trip to Memphis since Gov. Bill Lee appointed her in January.

Also, make sure you read Caroline Bauman's intimate look at the efforts inside a middle school in Tennessee's state-run district to curb suspensions and help de-escalate student behavior.

— Laura Faith Kebede, reporter

CAMPAIGN STOP Democratic presidential contender Elizabeth Warren will make an early campaign stop in Memphis on Sunday at Douglass High School. Daily Memphian, Local Memphis

SCHOOL BUILDINGS The City of Memphis plans to purchase one vacant school, but passes on another. Memphis Business Journal

HELP VIA ARTS Professional actors of Playback Memphis share how live improv theater can help kids improve social-emotional learning and build healthy relationships. High Ground News

SCHOOL SAFETY Gov. Bill Lee’s $30 million proposal to enhance school safety and add resource officers to K-12 campuses around the state has advanced in the House, though not without pushback from some Republican lawmakers. The Tennessean, WREG, WKRN

LEADER RECOGNITION About a year after this Chattanooga high school principal returned to lead her struggling alma mater, Hamilton County Schools recognized her as principal of the year. Times Free Press

PARTY TIME Chattanooga’s first charter school celebrates its 10th anniversary by recognizing its founders, its leaders and some of the very girls who have benefited from the school’s success. Times Free Press

ALL WE DO IS WIN This Madison high school has won the state’s tournament for Academic Decathlon for 16 years straight. Jackson Sun

TENSE MEETING Republican Madison County commissioners argue over the effectiveness of the superintendent’s plan to reopen a school building for pre-K classes. Jackson Sun

SPECIALTY SCHOOLS Indianapolis is contemplating changes to lottery rules for magnet school admission after effort to give students of color a better chance appears to have stalled. Chalkbeat

NYC STRIKE? A union representing thousands of New York City prekindergarten teachers is laying the groundwork for a strike, casting a shadow on one of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s signature achievements as he explores a presidential bid. Chalkbeat

SCHOOL CLOSURE A Chicago mayoral candidate suggests some of the city’s vacant school buildings should be turned into mini-police academies. Chalkbeat


The Country Music Association Foundation recently recognized 10 music teachers from Nashville, 10 from elsewhere in Tennessee, and 10 others from across the nation for “using music as a vehicle for change” for students in their classrooms. The awards come with $2,500 for their classrooms and another $2,500 for each teacher to use as they please.

Find out the winners in this CMA announcement video