Rise & Shine: West Tennessee mayors unite behind pre-K investments

Good morning!

With turnover soon to happen both in the governor's office and the state legislature, a new coalition of mayors wants to make sure that investments in early childhood education don't fall by the wayside.  See which local leaders have signed on from West Tennessee.

Early education is also the focus of a new Chalkbeat newsletter launching in November. Go here to learn more — and to sign up!

On the other end of the spectrum, ACT results for Tennessee's Class of 2018 are scheduled to be released today. Will the state maintain or improve last year's record high? Be watching for our story.

—Marta W. Aldrich, statehouse correspondent

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PRE-K COALITION  Concerned that most Tennessee third-graders aren’t proficient in reading and math, mayors from across rural West Tennessee form a coalition to support the advancement of early education. The Jackson Sun

CHANGING COURSE  Shelby County’s school board saves a charter school for adult learners from closure by turning it into a contract school. The Commercial Appeal, Chalkbeat 

MAGNET SCHOOLS  Hamilton County Schools is changing how students are selected for magnet schools in an effort to make them more socio-economically diverse. Times Free Press

FREE COLLEGE?  The deadline to apply for a Tennessee Promise scholarship is tomorrow. Here are five things to know. Times Free Press

Four years after the start of the community college scholarship program, low-income students are still struggling to pay for college. Nashville Public Radio

SCHOOL THREATS  What parents should know about how to respond to threats to student campuses The Tennessean

HEALTH STUDIES  Seeking to expand job opportunities for students after graduation, Germantown’s school district plans to launch a health studies academy at its only high school. The Commercial Appeal

HOMELESS STUDENTS  Despite having a large number of homeless students, Sumner County Schools graduates a relatively high percentage of them. The Tennessean

HALLOWEEN TIP SHEET  Knox County school leaders offer guidance on what is and isn’t allowed at school today. Knoxville News Sentinel

HERO DAY  Wanting to portray a “real hero” instead of donning a fictionary superhero’s cape, a Gallatin fifth-grader honors Nashville Waffle House hero James Shaw Jr. WZTZ

SCHOOL TURNAROUND  Private groups have long tried to turn around struggling schools, but it’s not clear if they’re actually boosting student learning, according to a study of 151 turnaround providers endorsed by various state agencies. Chalkbeat


Fifth-graders Sharmain Horton, left, and Emily Rivera make slime during Chemistry Day earlier this month at Orchard Knob Elementary School in Chattanooga.