SCHOOL DISCIPLINE U.S. Education Secretary John King urges Tennessee and 21 other states to stop allowing corporal punishment in schools, a practice he calls “harmful, ineffective, and often disproportionately applied to students of color and students with disabilities.” Chalkbeat

SCHOOL SAFETY A 24-year-old bus driver is arrested after a bus crash in Chattanooga killed five children and injured dozens. Chattanooga Times Free Press, The Tennessean, The Associated Press

The fatal crash in Chattanooga was the third serious school bus crash in Tennessee in four days. WKRN-TV

IN TRANSITION Superintendent Shawn Joseph’s transition team finishes its initial assessment of strengths and weaknesses of Metro Nashville Public Schools. The Tennessean

SPECIAL EDUCATION A local federal judge’s ruling that students with disabilities should not be segregated out of general education classrooms because they’re not keeping pace with their peers is receiving pushback from the Hamilton County Department of Education. Chattanooga Times Free Press

SCHOOL SPORTS Rutherford County Schools athletic director earns top state award for ethics and integrity in the teaching and promotion of citizenship and sportsmanship. The Daily News Journal

DAYS OFF Without consensus, the Williamson County school board delays a vote on a school calendar. The Tennessean

KNOCK, KNOCK Early home visits can help preschoolers not miss too much school. Memphis Public Radio

OPINION Shelby County Schools board chairman sends a message to teachers: “We understand that you are worth much more than this (3%) raise.” The Commercial Appeal