TEACHER RAISES All teachers in Shelby County Schools will receive a 3 percent raise this school year instead of just those who receive top ratings on their evaluations. ChalkbeatThe Commercial Appeal

WAIT ALMOST OVER Here are four things to expect from the first batch of scores from the state’s new, and supposedly harder, standardized test, which are due to come out Friday. Chalkbeat

ABSENCE ISSUES One in 10 Tennessee students is chronically absent, but the numbers are three or more times higher in many schools in Memphis. The Commercial Appeal

OPENING SOON The new $93.5 million Collierville High School set to open in August 2018. The Commercial Appeal

PRIVATE SCHOOLS Since the recession, enrollment at the 25 largest private schools in the Memphis area has dropped by more than 10 percent. The Commerical Appeal

PRICIER LUNCHES Starting in January 2017, thousands of students in the Tri-Cities region will be paying more for school lunches. WJHL-TV

CHICKEN NUGGETS CONTROVERSY A Farragut High School student was given a one-day suspension for taking an extra chicken nugget, which he paid for, and school leaders are back-tracking after the student’s mom sent a letter. Teen VougeKnoxville News Sentinel, The Washington Times

YOUTH BLAST Nationally known educator and author will speak at a Chattanooga youth conference. Chattanooga Times Free Press

PRE-K YOGA Weekly yoga sessions are added to a Rogersville pre-K. Kingsport Times-News

HEALTHY SCHOOLS Dyersburg school makes a national list of healthy schools honored by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Dyersburg State Gazette

VOTE THIS WAY Opinion: Memphis’ mayor urges voters to side against an amendment that he says would negatively impact local schools. The Commercial Appeal

SCORE CARD Opinion: Knox County should not ask the state for a waiver to keep standardized test scores out of teacher evaluations and student scores. Knoxville News Sentinel