Rise & Shine: Pre-K funding plan loses some steam in Shelby County

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With a major federal pre-K grant expiring next year in Memphis and Nashville, a coalition of nonprofit groups in Memphis have been working to fill the funding gap and even expand early childhood programs across Shelby County. But one piece of the coalition's plan — more funding from the county — appears to be taking a step back. More details here.

—Marta W. Aldrich

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PRE-K FUNDING  Shelby County commissioners recommend a delay in extra spending on early childhood programs. Chalkbeat

HOSTILE TAKEOVERS  Based on 30 years of data from across America, a political scientist at Rutgers says the prevailing logic for taking over low-performing schools is tainted with racism. Chalkbeat

SCHOOL SECESSION  Brentwood’s City Commission votes not to fund a study on the feasibility of creating its own school district, while suburban mayors in Shelby County offer perspectives on their towns’ 2014 pullout from the urban school district in Memphis. Brentwood Home Page

SCHOOL FUNDING  Knox County Superintendent Bob Thomas recommends shifting extra state funds to keep programs for magnet schools and gifted and talented students. Knoxville News Sentinel, WBIR

WOODMORE CRASH APPEAL  A judge upholds the conviction of the school bus driver in the Chattanooga crash that killed six elementary school students in 2016. Times Free Press

YOUNG CANDIDATE  A 19-year-old who recently graduated from high school announces his candidacy for the Hamilton County school board. Times Free Press, WRCB

GREEN PRIX  A nonprofit Chattanooga group seeks to expand a program that allows Hamilton County students to build and race electric cars. Times Free Press

CHRONIC ABSENTEEISM  Tennessee’s new emphasis on reducing chronic absenteeism has Polk County school officials rethinking policies for excused student absencees. Cleveland Daily Banner

BOOK BACKERS  A mother-daughter teacher duo in rural Polk County donate more than 16,000 books to their students across four years. ABC News

SCHOOL SECURITY  Maryville’s school board approves a two-year agreement to add three new school resource officers. The Daily Times

SCHOOL BOARD REFLECTIONS  A 35-year veteran of Johnson City’s school board says Tennessee’s next governor should focus on stabilizing education policy instead of more change. Johnson City Press

READ TO BE READY  Here’s a look at several school-based summer reading camps funded by the state. Memphis Daily News, The Daily Times

CAMP INVENTION  Cheatham County students learn about science, engineering, technology, and math through a program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame. The Tennessean

RETHINKING SCHOOL DESIGN  What it’s like to design and build a high school during the #NeverAgain movement NPR