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Rise & Shine: Memphis lawmaker eyes voucher law repeal

VOUCHER TALK  Rep. Joe Towns of Memphis says he’s drafting legislation to turn back the state’s new education voucher law next year. Daily Memphian

EXPULSION EFFORT  Chances wane that Tennessee lawmakers will consider a resolution this week expelling Rep. David Byrd from the legislature. Three women have accused the retired principal of sexual misconduct when he was their high school basketball coach in the 1980s. The Tennessean, Daily Memphian

REAL ESTATE  Germantown school and town officials discuss a proposed land swap involving part of a new elementary school campus. Daily Memphian

MENTAL HEALTH  Here’s why Knox County has fewer mental health experts in its middle and high schools this year. Knoxville News Sentinel 

CONVERSATIONS ABOUT RACE  A robocall accuses Hamilton County Schools of having a “liberal agenda” as controversy grows surrounding a teacher training on race. Times Free Press

LOOKING AHEAD  Alcoa’s school board votes to give less weight to state tests on students’ final grades in the upcoming school year. The Daily Times

TEACHER RAISES  A 34-cent tax hike will fund teacher raises and a school resource office in every Sumner County school. The Tennessean

NURSE ARRESTED  A former Sumner County school nurse is accused of stealing medication from students and swapping drugs to cover her tracks. The Tennessean

SCHOOL SAFETY  Williamson County launches a technology program that flags potential threats to students. The Tennessean

PARENT BOOSTERS  More than $10 million was raised last school year by parent-teacher organizations and school booster clubs across Williamson County, a 7.2% increase from last year. The Tennessean

PAYING FOR GROWTH  A judge’s ruling is appealed by home builders who sued Williamson County last year over a new school impact fee. The Tennessean

DO-RE-MI  A songwriting duo from a Williamson County high school are regional winners of a musical theater contest by the National Endowment for the Arts. Nashville Public Radio

CHRONIC ABSENTEEISM  Using pizza parties, movie passes, and even a car giveaway as incentives, Weakley County gets more students to come to school. WPSD

MEMORIAM  In honor of 50 years of service to schoolchildren, a Wilson County school bus driver is laid to rest in a casket painted like a school bus. WZTV

HOME SCHOOLING  Some of Tennessee’s early homeschoolers reflect on the growth of that education sector over 40 years. Times Free Press

EMPOWERMENT ZONES  This school turnaround model is spreading. Is it a better way to help struggling schools or just a new brand of takeover? Chalkbeat

VIRTUAL INVESTIGATION  Federal investigators scrutinize the enrollment and financial practices of two Indiana virtual schools on the brink of collapse. Chalkbeat


Today, we’re revisiting an old favorite — this 2013 video message to teachers and students from Kid President, also known Robby Novak, of Henderson, Tenn., whose hilarious and touching YouTube videos speak to kids of all ages. “It’s time to get our learn on!” says Robby, who is now 15.

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