Rise & Shine: What some groups say are most needed in Memphis schools

Good morning!

It's been quite the school year. We've seen vouchers, superintendent turnovers in Tennessee's two largest districts, a new governor, a new state education commissioner. But we want to hear what lessons you're taking into the summer. We invite you to reflect on the 2018-19 school year in our survey. We'll publish a selection of responses next week in time for what in many districts is the end of the school year.

Also, be sure to check out our story on a teacher-led advocacy group's effort to get Spanish translation of report cards, emotional support, and better facilities for Memphis students. And we have a Q&A with the recently named National Teacher of the Year who teaches at a juvenile detention center.

— Laura Faith Kebede, reporter

SCHOOL FINANCE A group of Memphis teachers are pushing district and county leaders for report card translations, additional support staff to help traumatized students, and more modern school buildings. Chalkbeat

SPEAK UP There are less than two weeks of school left for most Tennessee districts, and Chalkbeat wants to know: What did you learn this school year? Chalkbeat

HOW I TEACH Chalkbeat spoke with Robinson about how he connects with students and about his biggest misconception going into teaching — that he could just focus on content. Chalkbeat

BULLYING Shelby County Schools is looking into a new app to help students report bullying. WMC

NEW ART Memphis police officers and Kingsbury Middle students team up to cover gang graffiti. WREG

HISTORY LESSON A Rutherford County elementary school will no longer have a student portray Adolf Hitler in its living history exhibit after a group of students began giving Nazi salutes. The Associated Press

BUDGET TIME Hamilton County residents have mixed reactions to school leaders’ request for $34 million more in next year’s budget, which includes a 5% pay raise for teachers and a tax increase. Times Free Press

Wise County school leaders gawk at nearly $450,000 in cuts to their budget approved by the board of supervisors Kingsport Times-News 

BEYOND HIGH SCHOOL Students at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville are likely to see a 2% tuition increase for the next academic year. Knoxville News Sentinel

FIRST PERSON I was a white teacher who couldn’t talk about race. A journey through successful U.S. high schools changed my thinking. Chalkbeat


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