Tennessee

Rise & Shine: ‘We have to get this right’: With Sharon Griffin out, achievement district seeks consistency

Welcome to Wednesday.

With yet another superintendent leaving Tennessee’s turnaround district, parents, school leaders, and community members are asking for a leader who will stay the course. In today's lead story, we chronicle their thoughts and questions on the latest leadership change in the Achievement School District, as well as detail who will take charge in the interim as Sharon Griffin exits.

In other news, we asked our readers last week to tell us to share their thoughts and reactions to Brandon Webber’s death and the protests in Memphis that followed. Webber, a former student leader at Central High School, was killed Wednesday, following an alleged altercation with federal law enforcement.

Memphis students and teacher had many powerful things to say. Read here.

-Caroline Bauman, community editor

DAY AFTER The day after news broke of Griffin’s exit from the Achievement School District, state officials say the interim leaders were chosen to communicate “stability.” Chalkbeat

IN YOUR WORDS Memphis students say they feel “scared” and “powerless” after Brandon Webber’s shooting death. Chalkbeat

SPOTLIGHT  Deanna McClendon, one of the top three candidates for the Monroe County Director of Schools position, is currently under investigation by her former Memphis school district. WBIR

PUSHING BACK Knowledge Academies charter school is suing Metro Nashville Public Schools, alleging the school board violated open meetings laws last week when it began the process to shut down the embattled school. The Tennessean

CAMP TIME As summer gets going in the Mid-South, Shelby County Schools is providing a program that gives young students a place to spend their time. WREG

Kingsport students and school leaders hope a summer coding camp inspires more girls to enter the field. Kingsport Times-News

BOARD MEMBER REPRIMANDED The Madison County Commission votes 14-6 to censure school board member Morris Merriweather for violating the county ethics policy. The Jackson Sun

MENTAL HEALTH Cumberland County’s Safe Schools counselors speak on their work to help schools in times of crisis. Crossville Chronicle

SUMMER SLIDE Summer literacy programs at three Spring Hill elementary schools use fun to fight “summer slide.” Spring Hill Home Page

NEW BUILDING Cleveland city officials tour a new elementary school. Cleveland Daily Banner

NATIONAL LOOK Documents obtained by ProPublica show that the Walton Family Foundation, a staunch supporter of school choice and Teach For America’s largest private funder, was paying $4,000 for every teacher placed in a traditional public school — and $6,000 for every one placed in a charter school. The two-year grant was directed at nine cities, including Memphis. ProPublica

OPINION “Like many rich Americans, I used to think educational investment could heal the country’s ills—but I was wrong. Fighting inequality must come first,” says the founder of the public-policy incubator Civic Ventures. The Atlantic