Rise & Shine: A third of Tennessee teachers want to leave the profession, says survey

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When Tennessee conducted its first survey of educators in 2012, the results garnered little attention because only a fourth of the state's teachers and school administrators participated. But now in its ninth year, the latest survey drew responses from 62% — an all-time high. That volume of feedback lends credibility to the 2019 data, which offers some riveting insights about the most important factor contributing to student achievement — teachers! Our statehouse correspondent, Marta Aldrich, has dug in and highlighted the most interesting results. She also explains why the data is important in the grand scheme of things.

—Laura Faith Kebede, reporter

SURVEY SAYS  One in three Tennessee teachers say they would leave the profession for a higher-paying job and also would choose a different career if given a do-over, according to a new survey that also offers clear, actionable lessons on how to retain top teachers. Chalkbeat

MONEY County commissioners are likely going to study implementing $15 an hour wage within Shelby County Schools and the suburban municipal school districts. WMC

INVESTIGATION SOUGHT  Tennessee’s black legislative caucus prepares to ask the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to look into potential “public corruption” in the former House speaker’s office, including allegations of possible bribery involving the controversial school voucher vote. Daily Memphian, WSMV

ON THE JOB  Meet Gary Lilly, the new superintendent of Collierville Schools, who comes to the Shelby County municipal district after 25 years with schools in Bristol. The Commercial Appeal

PROMOTIONS  Williamson County Schools names a new assistant superintendent and general counsel. The Tennessean

HAZARDS East Elementary in Jackson sent a letter home with students informing parents that material containing asbestos had been found in the building. Jackson Sun

POLICY UPDATES The Jackson-Madison County School System board held a policy retreat on Friday to update more than two dozen policies, including bus safety and vaping. Jackson Sun

FRESHMAN FOCUS Chicago Public Schools, known nationwide for its focus on the freshman year, has been starting this emphasis earlier, to ease what can be a difficult transition into high school. Chalkbeat


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