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Rise & Shine: It may be *almost* summer, but schools’ budget seasons are in full swing

BUDGET SEASON The $10 million ask brings the Memphis district’s proposed budget for day-to-day expenses to about $1.05 billion. Chalkbeat

Lunch fees, free lunch and breakfast programs, and student fees have come to the front of discussions in Oak Ridge as officials with the school system prepare the upcoming year’s budget. Oak Ridger

CHANGES Three high-profile hires under former Metro Nashville Public Schools director Shawn Joseph will leave the district. The Tennessean

WATCH Sixteen Knox County valedictorians share their plans for the future and thank the teachers that helped them along the way. Knoxville News Sentinel

LOOK BACK A decade of impact: School leaders, students reflect on 10 years of transformation at Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy. Times Free Press

MOVING UP A Chester County junior high school has adopted an innovative platform that’s been key to academic improvement, officials say. The Jackson Sun

NEW GIG Bart Barker, known for his work at WKRN Channel 2 news in Nashville, has been named public information officer for Wilson County Schools. The Tennessean

HONORS Here’s a rundown of awards given out this year by the Kingsport school board. Kingsport Times-News

SAFETY FIRST Columbia-area schools are honored by Vanderbilt for ATV safety initiatives. Columbia Daily Herald 

CONTINUING EDUCATION Thirty-five years ago, this Chatt State grad enrolled in college. Now he’s been named Tennessee Community College Student of the Year. Times Free Press


Did you hear about this? Billionaire Robert F. Smith pledges to pay off Morehouse College Class of 2019′s student loans. According to Voices of SCS, a Shelby County Schools alum is among those graduates.

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