Rise & Shine: Where do big charter boosters send their cash? More and more to charter networks

Welcome to Tuesday! This morning, we have a study that follows the money of large philanthropies and tracks their spending habits with charter schools. Though Tennessee is prominent among states friendly to charter schools, the state's sector has not accumulated as much cash per charter school student as Louisiana, California or New York. Find out more in our featured story.

MONEY FOR REFORM Wealthy charter school backers have directed most of their money to charter networks and states where charter schools are better at raising test scores, according to a new study. Chalkbeat


ANY QUESTIONS? Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen will answer questions from Murfreesboro and Rutherford County elected officials at a roundtable event next month. You can submit questions, too. The Tennessean

EARLY LITERACY Tennessee first lady Crissy Haslam joins a Chattanooga event about early literacy. Times Free Press

TESTING Math tools for online TNReady slow students down and aren’t user friendly, says a Rutherford teacher and board member. The Tennessean

STUDENT SAFETY An internal investigation of a Nashville charter school teacher who pulled a hijab off a student results in indefinite suspension without pay. The Tennessean

STUDENT SAFETY Nashville school board’s chairwoman says training for sex abuse reporting needs to improve for teachers and administrators after a string of cases reveal educators delayed in telling authorities. The Tennessean



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Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and First Lady Crissy Haslam announced the Tennessee Children’s Cabinet is accepting nominations for the 2018 Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Early Foundations to recognize innovative programs that get children ready to enter school. Nomination instructions are available <a href="http://www.tn.gov/governor/article/2018-governors-awards-for-excellence-in-early-foundations">here</a>.