Rise & Shine: State board seeks feedback on Tennessee’s new social studies standards

SOCIAL STUDIES RESET  The State Board of Education is seeking public feedback on Tennessee’s newly revised K-12 social studies standards. Chalkbeat

REBRANDED  StudentsFirst Tennessee, an advocacy group that promotes school choice, announces that it has a new name, but the same mission. Chalkbeat

RIBBON CUTTING  Memphis-based charter network Gestalt Community Schools prepares to dedicate its newest endeavor: a performing arts center beside its recently relocated middle school in southeast Memphis. Chalkbeat

CHARTER APPEAL  Leaders of Rocketship ask the State Board of Education to override Nashville’s school board, which voted down the network’s charter application in June and again in August. Nashville Scene, The Tennessean

STEM SUPPORT  Tennessee State University and syndicated radio host Tom Joyner partner to encourage community college graduates to continue their education at the Nashville university and eventually teach STEM classes in Memphis and Nashville schools. The Associated Press

JOHN KING AND FREE COLLEGE  This week, as he rolled across the country in a big yellow bus on his “back-to-school” tour, the nation’s education chief stopped at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville to pay homage to tuition-free community college and to urge a resistant Congress to move toward making the idea a nationwide reality. The Atlantic, Chalkbeat

NATIONAL MERITS  Brentwood High School has 19 National Merit semifinalists, more than any other school in Tennessee, as Williamson County Schools set a new district record with 50 semifinalists. The Tennessean

STEAM INNOVATION  Three Maury County schools revamp curriculum to provide project-based learning coupled with STEAM, or science, technology, engineering, mathematics and the arts. The Tennessean

KNOX SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH Knox County parents and teachers tell school board members they want a student-focused superintendent who has classroom experience, a commitment to the arts and strong communications skills. Knoxville News Sentinel

HAMILTON SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH  Hamilton County’s school board votes to hold off on choosing a superintendent search firm, and instead moves toward developing its first strategic plan in over a decade. The Chattanoogan, Chattanooga Times Free Press

GERMANTOWN SIX  Some of the six African-American students who helped to desegregate Germantown High School in 1966 recount their experiences in breaking down racial barriers.  The New Tri-State Defender

BUSINESS 101  An investment firm gives 20 Nashville eighth-graders insights into the business world. The Tennessean

MUSICAL THEATER  High school theater competition in Middle Tennessee joins the major leagues, with winning students getting the chance to compete nationally — on Broadway. Nashville Public Radio

ACCREDITATION VISIT  After evaluating Bradley County Schools this week, representatives of an accrediting organization recommend that the southeast Tennessee district be reaccredited. Cleveland Daily Banner

GAP INSURANCE  Carter County’s school board approves using a fund balance to maintain employee medical insurance benefits now that the state no longer allows “gap” insurance plans. Johnson City Press

FOUNDATION CHECK   For the second year in a row, Blount County Schools receives a $100,000 gift from the Blount County Education Foundation, mostly for tech-related mini grants. The Daily Times

RACE FOR A CURE  About 30 Sullivan County school administrators plan to participate this weekend in the fourth annual race to support former principal and teacher Josh Wandell, who has ALS. Kingsport Times-News

TEACHER CRISIS?  Frustration. Burnout. Attrition. It’s time to address the national teacher shortage. NPRed