New bill aimed at urban school districts: Give students 70 days of in-person education or else

‘You can’t say you’re putting the needs of students first and keep schools closed.’

By , Special to The Daily Memphian; , Chalkbeat Tennessee Updated: January 20, 2021 1:01 PM CT | Published: January 20, 2021 9:34 AM CT
Laura Faith Kebede
Special to The Daily Memphian

Laura Faith Kebede

Laura Faith Kebede is a distinguished journalist in residence at the Institute for Public Service Reporting at the University of Memphis. She leads the Institute’s Civil Wrongs project to write about historical cases of racial terror as a corps member for Report for America. You can follow her on Twitter @kebedefaith

Chalkbeat Tennessee

Marta W. Aldrich

Marta W. Aldrich is the senior statehouse correspondent at Chalkbeat Tennessee. A newswoman for The Associated Press for most of her career, Marta has covered state government, politics, business, education and other Tennessee news. She has served as news editor of United Methodist News Service and features editor of American Profile magazine. Marta is a graduate of Memphis City Schools and the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

 If it passes, Tennessee’s two largest school systems would have to reopen quickly to meet that threshold.


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