Rise & Shine: Memphis man sought and killed by federal law enforcement was also a former student leader

Good morning,

The Memphis 20-year-old at the center of national news after being fatally shot by U.S. Marshals who sought him in connection to a violent crime had also been a student leader at his high school a few years ago. The school's principal called Brandon Webber a "very talented art student" and a hard-worker. In response, Shelby County Schools made grief counselors available to students in summer programs. Read our featured story to find out more. We also invite you to share your thoughts in our survey.

— Laura Faith Kebede, reporter


COMMUNITY UNREST Before Brandon Webber was shot and killed by U.S. Marshals, before his name was the center of national news, he was in a student leadership program finding his voice. Chalkbeat

School board member Stephanie Love was among the community leaders who spoke to crowds at a neighborhood church to discuss the shooting. WREG

WE’RE LISTENING Students, educators, parents: How are you dealing with the latest officer-involved shooting in Memphis? Chalkbeat

CHANGE COURSE In a last-ditch effort to find a building for its new middle school before August, the University of Memphis wants to share a building with Shelby County Schools. Chalkbeat

SCHOOL IN PRISON College in prison may be reducing recidivism and helping inmates in Dyersburg. State Gazette

CHEAT SHEET What the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have said about education. Chalkbeat


PHOTO: Shelby County Schools
Kate Bond Elementary School in Memphis has a new mural by the school’s art teacher. All hail the Volunteer State!