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Rise & Shine: Here’s why another state-run charter school is closing in Memphis

Happy snow day, yet again, to most of you in Tennessee.

A national charter operator announced plans last week to shutter its only Memphis school after four years as part of Tennessee’s Achievement School District. In today's lead story, we dig into why GRAD Academy will become the third state-run charter school to close in Memphis. Among the financial issues facing GRAD Academy? High transportation costs.

Stay warm,

-Caroline, community editor

ACHIEVEMENT DISTRICT The impending closure of GRAD Academy is another blow to the Achievement School District, in which the South Memphis school was its highest-performing high school. Chalkbeat

TESTING TAKE TWO Tennessee’s $2 million investment in helping high school seniors retake the ACT test appears to be paying off for a second year in a row. Chalkbeat, The Tennessean

VOUCHERS A Tennessee lawmaker moves to drop school voucher legislation this year. The Associated Press, Chalkbeat

SNOW BREAK Several middle Tennessee school districts are stretching their snow days thin this week with closings for extreme cold and snow. WZTV, WKRN

At her students’ request, a Shelby County Schools teacher uses Facebook to deliver a lesson her students on a snow day. WMC

When local schools and child care centers close due to inclement weather, it often leaves parents scrambling for a backup plan, especially when their kids have special needs. Times Free Press

LOTTERY The Tennessee Education Lottery Corporation celebrates 14 years and more than $4.4 billion for education.  Times Free PressWinchester Herald Chronicle

CLOSER LOOK Fact-check: Weighing 7 claims from Betsy DeVos’s latest speech, from Common Core to PISA scores. Chalkbeat

ACADEMIC INSURANCE The fate of the Children’s Health Insurance Program is in Congress’s hands — and children’s education, not just their health, may be at stake. Chalkbeat

OPINION From a Nashville parent: Why closing the ‘Parent Gap’ is key to building an educated workforce. The 74