Rise & Shine: Memphis, let’s talk education (always, but today especially)

Good morning!

We hope to see many of you at our event today in partnership with New Memphis: Celebrate What's Right in Education. We will be talking with some of Shelby County's foremost education leaders about an important issue: Getting and keeping great teachers.

Retaining experienced teachers in the classroom is a hurdle nationally, but it is especially a challenge in Tennessee. We wrote about this issue last fall, and we're excited to dig in tomorrow with our panelists:

  • Kandi Hill-Clarke, dean of the University of Memphis College of Education;
  • Carol Johnson-Dean, interim president at LeMoyne-Owen College;
  • Joris Ray, superintendent of Shelby County Schools;
  • Chris Terrill, executive director of Crosstown High;
  • Karen Vogelsang, former Shelby County School educator and Tennessee Teacher of the Year

Now, there's plenty of news to catch up on below.

-Caroline Bauman, community editor

OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL Juvenile crime charges on the rise, leaving officials working to find solutions. The Daily Memphian

FINAL VOTE The Jackson-Madison County school board votes 5-4 to put a new K-8 school on the 42-acre, $798,000 Ashport Road property. The Jackson Sun

SCHOOL FEATURE As one of Johnson City’s oldest schools, South Side Elementary School has remained a fixture for generations. Johnson City Press

READING READY Twenty-one Sullivan County Schools students are honored for progress in a reading program. Kingsport Times-News

CONTROVERSIAL REMARKS A Republican Tennessee lawmaker says he supports getting rid of higher education because he argues it would cut off the “liberal breeding ground.” The Associated Press

SCHOOL SAFETY Three potential acts of violence at Dickson County High School have been averted during the last six months after students notified adults about threats made by classmates. The Tennessean 

Another school bus is hit in Hamilton County, but no injuries are reported. Times Free Press

VIEW FROM NY New York’s education policymakers are getting ready to analyze state diploma requirements. Chalkbeat

BULLYING In recent years, there have been several attempts at the state and local levels to hold parents responsible when their child is found to be a bully, though experts on bullying say there is no evidence that such approaches are effective. Education Week