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Rise & Shine: Memphis school consolidation plan needs more community input, says Ray

SCHOOL CONSOLIDATION  Shelby County Schools Superintendent Joris Ray recommends delaying his predecessor’s plan to consolidate 28 Memphis schools into 10. Chalkbeat

SCHOOL FUNDING  Saying he’s “100% in” for education, Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger proposes a 34-cent property tax rate increase to help pay for a 5 percent teacher raise, hiring more staff for schools, and providing one-to-one technology for students. Times Free Press

CAPITAL LAG  Part of Superintendent Bryan Johnson’s capital building plan is on hold as Hamilton County Schools awaits the audit results of an outside consultant. Times Free Press

TEACHER PAY  Nashville teachers fill Metro Council chambers to make their case for bigger raises and more money for schools. WTVF

MAYORAL PLATFORM  State Rep. John Ray Clemmons makes public education the top issue in his campaign to become Nashville’s next mayor. The Tennessean

SUPERINTENDENT SHUFFLE  Outgoing superintendent Gary Lilly talks about similarities between Bristol City Schools and the one in Collierville that he soon will lead on the other end of the state. Bristol Herald Courier

CHROMEBOOK POLICIES  Kingsport City Schools is doing away with a $50 technology fee and will no longer let fourth- and fifth-graders take Chromebooks home. Times Free Press

CHARTER DEBATE  As school choice emerges as an issue in the presidential election, an architect of Indianapolis’ charter sector says the controversial schools aren’t fighting back strongly enough against their critics. Chalkbeat

RETENTION  Leaders of Michigan’s largest district estimate that 800 third-graders will be held back next year when the state’s tough new literacy law goes into effect. Chalkbeat

OPINION: RURAL EDUCATION  Rural students in Tennessee matter, too, says Gloria Sweet-Love, president of the NAACP’s state chapter and the first African-American woman to serve on Haywood County’s school board. The Tennessean

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