Rise & Shine: Workforce training programs may soon look different in Memphis schools

Good morning!

Memphis school leaders will soon unveil a plan to overhaul career and technical education in Shelby County Schools. It's a shift that they say is especially important for students in their city.

And in Washington, President Trump's education priorities for 2019 track similar to this year's in his proposed budget, released yesterday. Read the details — and why Congress again isn't likely to rubber-stamp the Trump administration's agenda for schools.

—Marta W. Aldrich, bureau chief


WORKFORCE TRAINING  Memphis students would get more opportunities to earn job certifications before graduation under a proposed revamp of career and technical education in Shelby County Schools. Chalkbeat

TRUMP’S BUDGET  Similar to last year, President Trump’s proposed budget would spend more federal dollars on school choice and less on after-school initiatives and teacher training. Chalkbeat

POVERTY IN SCHOOLS  A women’s organization collects feminine hygiene products for Memphis students who might be inclined to skip school without them. Fox13

INSTRUCTIONAL TIME  Nashville Schools Director Shawn Joseph advocates for changing state law to give districts more flexibility in how they use their school days. The Tennessean

BIBLE CURRICULUM  State lawmakers consider legislation this week that would allow the state Department of Education to post Bible course curriculum that could be adopted by school systems. WMC

BREAKAWAY CONVERSATIONS  Now that Signal Mountain has disbanded its committee investigating the possibility of breaking away from Hamilton County Schools, a local education group offers to serve as a mediator for future community conversations. Times Free Press

LEADER IN ME  A Murfreesboro school gets national recognition for its student leadership program as part of an initiative of the Franklin Covey Co. Daily News Journal

GO VOTE  U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper’s voter registration drive signs up more than 100 new voters among high schoolers in Cheatham County. The Tennessean

SNOW DAYS  Maury County Schools has run out of them and will use President’s Day to make up for lost class time. Columbia Daily Herald

EDUCATION IN THE SOUTH  Southerners remain concerned about the quality of education in their states, according to a recent report by a network of state organizations including one in Tennessee. Times Free Press