Rise & Shine: Want educational equity? Make sure your teachers feel valued, say lawmakers

TEACHER APPRECIATION State lawmakers suggested a priority for advocates of education equity: making teachers feel valued. Chalkbeat

ANSWER THIS Are charter schools overrated? Four debaters in New York City weigh in on a controversial topic. Chalkbeat

ON TRIAL A Germantown mock trial team succeeds despite not having a lawyer to coach them. The Commercial Appeal

EARLY SUSPENSIONS Backlash over pre-K and kindergarten suspensions prompts a new bill from a Memphis lawmaker. The Tennessean

NEW LEADER Knox County school board members will soon interview the two finalists to be the district’s next leader. Knoxville News Sentinel

TIES TO EDUCATION Tennessee’s problems with rural health care are closely tied to poor economic and educational performance, according to a group of regional government and health care officials. Chattanooga Times Free Press

ZOOM, ZOOM Students from 20 schools near Johnson City compete in a solar-powered go-kart race around a makeshift track. Johnson City Press

READING SUCCESS The State Department of Education touts “Read to be Ready” as a success. Cleveland Daily Banner

MEMPHIS SPOTLIGHT A Florida school district’s Transformation Zone shows signs of progress, and officials point to the Shelby County Schools iZone as an example. Tampa Bay Times

SCHOOL CHOICE Opinion: All students in Tennessee deserve school choice, not just the wealthy. The Commercial Appeal