Rise & Shine: Students who broke color barrier 55 years ago in Memphis schools say there’s more to do on education equity

‘MEMPHIS 13’  Bruce Elementary School welcomes and celebrates three of the 13 former students who bridged the racial divide in Memphis schools in 1961. Chalkbeat, The Commercial Appeal, WREG-TV

BRUSSELS SPROUTS, ANYONE?  School gardens grow food knowledge for Memphis kids lacking fresh food. Chalkbeat

SOCIAL STUDIES STANDARDS  Gov. Bill Haslam says he’s concerned that too much Tennessee history could be stripped from teaching requirements in the state’s public schools under a proposed update to social studies standards. The Associated Press

TENNESSEE HISTORY  The president of the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis weighs in on the proposal that would remove some major milestones in state history and the civil rights movement as required learning in Tennessee schools. WREG-TV

LIFE INSURANCE  Shelby County Schools seeks additional bidders for its life insurance contract to avoid saddling employees and retirees with higher premiums and less benefits. The Commercial Appeal

TEACHER EVALUATIONS  A divided Knox County school board appears ready to again request a waiver from the state that would keep standardized test scores out of teacher evaluations and student grades this school year. Knoxville News Sentinel

FUND BALANCE  Knox County Schools’ fund balance is growing in the year after the reserve came close to dipping below a state-required minimum. Knoxville News Sentinel

RELIGION IN SCHOOLS  A Williamson County school board member proposes policies on religious liberty and religious holidays that guarantee, among other things, that students can pray in school. The Tennessean

BUDGET REVIEW  With a district budget of more than $800 million, new Nashville schools director Shawn Joseph launches a review to get a handle on where that money is going. The Tennessean, Nashville Public Radio

OUTDOOR CLASSROOM  In a first for Hamilton County Schools, a Red Bank kindergarten class spends as much time outside as in, learning through exploration and hands-on activities. Chattanooga Times Free Press 

IN THE MIDDLE  Here’s how Maryville High School is concentrating this year on lifting students in the middle of the performance curve. The Daily Times

COMPUTER CODING  Forty Blount County educators learn to incorporate computer concepts into lessons as early as kindergarten, with or without a computer. The Daily Times

SCHOOL SAFETY  Authorities in Clarksville say a new sign-in system at local public schools have helped sheriff’s deputies arrest three people listed on the sex offender registry. The Leaf-Chronicle, The Associated Press

ENVIRONMENTAL DAY  Brentwood’s engineering department prepares to hold an environmental education day for students at the city’s two high schools. The Tennessean

BE PRESENT  A Coffee County Schools attendance program seeks to cut absences 1.5 percent at each school. The Tullahoma News

NEW SCHOOL  A site in Burns is chosen as the likely future location of a new Dickson County middle-high school after a year of discussion and research. The Dickson Herald

OF RACE AND REFORM  Education reformers find themselves divided by questions of race and charter schools. NPRed