Rise & Shine: For almost half of Memphis graduates, formal education ends after high school

The state recently released a report detailing where Tennessee high school graduates go after getting their diploma. The report found about 56 percent of graduates in Shelby County enrolled in some sort of post-secondary education, compared to 63 percent statewide. Memphis school leaders and others across Tennessee plan on using the data to help plan supports for students to increase their numbers. Get the details here.

— Laura Faith Kebede, reporter

EXCLUSIVE Just over half of 2016 graduates from Shelby County Schools went on to some sort of college training, according to a new report spotlighting whether Memphis students are preparing for the work of the future. Chalkbeat

NEWCOMERS Fewer students than expected are enrolling in an Indianapolis newcomer school because of the Trump administration’s months-long ban on refugee admissions, and many of the families at the school are living in fear of deportation. Chalkbeat

MOVERS & SHAKERS Gov. Bill Haslam announces senior adviser Stephen Smith, a former deputy education commissioner, as his new chief of staff. Times Free Press, The Associated PressChalkbeat

SORTING THE STUDENTS A new redistricting plan for Collierville schools solves one problem for parents and creates another. The Commercial Appeal, WHBQ

RENOVATIONS Lakeland School System revisits a plan to add high school grades and build on to its middle school. The Commercial Appeal

DATA DIG Unicoi County school leaders look into how the system received high marks from the Tennessee Department of Education on test performance, closing the achievement gap and an increase in ACT scores. Johnson City Press

CLASSROOM TECH Clarksville-Montgomery County School System joins other districts that give a laptop to each high school student to take home. The Leaf-Chronicle

GREETINGS Members of the Tennessee Air National Guard give out high-fives and hugs to Memphis elementary students in honor of Veterans Day. WMC

INVESTIGATION While investigating a student rape accusation, Grundy County board members alert the state comptroller’s office to a strange case of football game money mishandling. Times Free Press


From left: Athena Turner, executive director of Teach for America Memphis, Ayo Akinmoladun and Barbara Rosser Hyde.

Teach For America Memphis awarded Ayo Akinmoladun its first Barbara Rosser Hyde Alumni Leadership Award for his work as a lead teacher, mentor, and grade level chair at Aspire Hanley Elementary School in Orange Mound. His students have averaged nearly three years of growth on national standardized assessments. He also emphasizes the importance of equipping his students with the knowledge and skills they need to overcome the barriers to success that disproportionately impact students of color in low-income communities. The award is named after a former TFA Memphis board member who has brought many education organizations to Memphis.