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Rise & Shine: A retreat from the state education chief and a testimony from a fired school secretary

EXCLUSIVE During an emotional, daylong testimony in her gender discrimination lawsuit against the district, this former school secretary described a system that did not encourage her to follow rules to prevent grade tampering, but instead wanted her to make sure transcripts did not contain mathematical or factual errors. Chalkbeat

ACCOUNTABILITY Recent comments mark a retreat on Schwinn’s ambitious plan to revamp the state’s school accountability system — one of her first major campaigns as head of Tennessee’s Education Department since Republican Gov. Bill Lee hired Schwinn in January. Chalkbeat

VOUCHERS House Education Committee Chairman Mark White says the Tennessee Department of Education faces a “challenge” in setting up an education savings account program in time for the 2020-21 school year. The Daily Memphian

GRAD RATES The Dickson County School District surpassed the state average for graduation rate with 94.3 percent of local students graduating this year. The Tennessean

CLIMATE STRIKE As they rallied Friday on the steps of the Tennessee state Capitol, Nashville student protesters called on lawmakers to act now on climate change policy. The Tennessean

POPULATION TRENDS For the first time in recent years, student enrollment is up across Blount, Maryville, and Alcoa school districts. The Daily Times

$$$ A Hamilton County kindergarten teacher was surprised by Toyota representatives when they named her Toyota Family Teacher of the Year and awarded her $20,000. Times Free Press

HEALTHY SCHOOLS Madison, Dyersburg, Hardin County schools ranked healthiest by a national organization. The Jackson Sun

MENTORS NEEDED With the deadline less than three months away, tnAchieves needs an additional 5,000 volunteer mentors across the state to support TN Promise applicants from the class of 2020. Columbia Daily Herald

OPINION A Commercial Appeal columnist writes that Southwest Early College High’s woes show flaws in the promises of charter schools. The Commercial Appeal

The principal of Memphis’ Bruce Elementary School says that representation in the classroom is important because young male students “cannot be what they cannot see.” The Daily Memphian


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