DATA DIVE  Shelby County Schools is moving toward a new round of school closures next year without releasing the comprehensive analysis guiding its recommendations, but most of the data they’re using is publicly available. Here it is. Chalkbeat

TEST SCORES When TNReady high school test scores are delivered this week for Shelby County Schools, Superintendent Dorsey Hopson says the results may be “disheartening,” and will confirm the need to restructure the district. Memphis Public Radio, Chalkbeat

TEACHER QUALITY  Firing a poor-performing teacher in Shelby County Schools is difficult, but not as hard as in districts like New York City, according to a new report. The Commercial Appeal

HOPSON DETRACTORS  While Superintendent Dorsey Hopson recently received a good evaluation from the school board, a group of Memphians says he shouldn’t get a raise. WREG-TV

TEACHER REMEMBERED  Friends and family remember a Shelby County Schools orchestra teacher, who was shot and killed in Memphis over the weekend. Fox13-TV

BUS CRASH VICTIMS  The Woodmore Fund begins to distribute money to families affected by last month’s fatal school bus crash in Chattanooga. Chattanooga Times Free Press

PRIORITY SCHOOLS  Talk of new school construction and low-performing schools dominates Hamilton County’s school board meeting. Chattanooga Times Free Press

POLYTECHNIC ACADEMY  Hamilton County Schools will partner with Chattanooga State Community College for 100 high school juniors to attend a program mixing academic courses with industry training. Chattanooga Times Free Press

TECHNICAL SCHOOL  The Tennessee Higher Education Commission approves a partnership to launch a technical school in Chattanooga to increase employment for underserved people. Chattanooga Times Free Press

SUPERINTENDENT SHUFFLE  Superintendent Verna Ruffin of Jackson-Madison County Schools is among seven candidates to be director of Florida’s Lake County Schools. The Jackson Sun

TEACHING SCIENCE  Brentwood High teacher Doug Murray is named the Tennessee Science Teachers Association Educator of the Year for grades 9-12. The Tennessean

VICTORY PARADE  Four Memphis high school football teams are honored during a weekend parade for bringing home state championships. WBRC-TV

TEACHER MORALE  A new study shows Maury County educators feel more positively about their school system than they did last year. The Daily Herald 

FUNDING PLAN  Sullivan County commissioners vote today on a $140 million bond debt to pay for a school facilities plan for the county’s three school systems. Kingsport Times-News

SCHOOL SITE  Sullivan County school leaders choose a 112-acre site for a proposed $60 million, 1,700-student high school. Kingsport Times-News

FACILITIES STUDY  Greene County’s school board progresses toward picking a consulting firm to study the district’s physical plant needs for the next several years. The Greeneville Sun

BUILDING PROGRAM  Athens school board is scheduled to vote today on concepts to restructure the school system’s footprint that could include construction or renovations. The Daily Post-Athenian

PITCHING IN  McMinn County high school students help clean up a neighboring dairy farm hit by a tornado. The Daily Post-Athenian

LEGO LEAGUE  Robotics teams from 17 schools compete in Clarksville at the West Tennessee FIRST Lego League competition. The Leaf-Chronicle

MOCK JOURNEY  Alcoa High School students in Advanced Placement U.S. History pull wagons and tote backpacks to simulate the journey that settlers took on the Oregon Trail. The Daily Times

NOT A GAME   Video games are more addictive than ever. Here’s what happens when kids can’t turn them off. The Washington Post