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Rise & Shine: Four priorities that will guide the Memphis school board this year

Good morning,

As Memphis heads into a new school year with a new superintendent, the Shelby County Schools board sat down with top district leadership to set priorities. One school board member said the district has some work to do on boosting morale.

“We’ve got to get the culture right,” said Scott McCormick. “One complaint is like dropping a rock in still water and the waves just go out and out and out… and pretty soon you have a bad reputation. And we don’t have a good reputation in the system as a whole.”

You can read more about what they discussed in today's featured story.

— Laura Faith Kebede, reporter

NEW YEAR The Memphis school board’s priorities are to improve literacy, create a better district culture, craft clearer expectations for the superintendent, and flesh out a plan for school buildings and programs. Chalkbeat

EDUCATION DEBATE Kamala Harris and Joe Biden were once again at loggerheads Wednesday night over busing for school desegregation and the vice president’s track record on the issue. Chalkbeat

CHARTERS & CHOICE After 25 years, KIPP is planning further expansion and trying to turn its alumni into a political force. Chalkbeat

INVESTIGATION The principal at Manassas High School in Memphis has been removed from his position as police investigate allegations of inappropriate behavior. WREG

STICKING AROUND Knox County school board approves a contract extension and pay raise for Superintendent Bob Thomas. Knoxville News Sentinel

NOT SO FAST A board room of Jackson educators, parents, administrators, county commissioners, past and current board members hold signs of “No way Brent Lay,” “We already have a plan,” to protest a minister’s unsolicited plan for the school system. Jackson Sun

CALLOUT The Hamilton County school board is again drawing the ire of state Sen. Todd Gardenhire for what he calls the “continual cover-up” of information regarding the 2015 Ooltewah High School rape case. Times Free Press

BUDGET CRUNCH One week before the vote on the revised fiscal year 2020 operating budget, Hamilton County commissioners spent the better part of two hours debating how to progress on funding for education. Times Free Press

MORE DOUGH Sumner schools receives $50,000 donation from Dollar General. The Tennessean

EXTRA CREDIT

PHOTO: Tennessee PTA
The Tennessee PTA announced Kim Henderson as its new president. Henderson lives in Franklin and was previously the president of the Wisconsin PTA and served on the national organization’s special education committee.