MAKING THE GRADE  Tennessee is developing a new system to evaluate its schools based on the same A-F grading scale its students receive. But not everyone is in agreement about what should constitute an A. Chalkbeat

TEACHER TRAINING  Tennessee’s new report card on teacher training is already changing the conversation about teacher prep. Chalkbeat 

SCHOOL BUS CRASH  A judge sends to a grand jury the case of 24-year-old driver in a school bus crash that killed six children in Chattanooga. The Associated Press, Chattanooga Times Free Press

The last two children injured in the crash are released from Erlanger Hospital. Chattanooga Times Free Press

Hamilton County’s school board remembers the victims and applauds the principal who led her school through the tragedy. Chattanooga Times Free Press

ESSA PLAN  Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen talks about the state’s draft plan for the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. The Tennessean

TNREADY SCORES  Students at Booker T. Washington High School show that test score growth is possible in one of Memphis’ poorest zip codes. The Commercial Appeal

SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH  Jackson-Madison County school board members discuss the merits of choosing someone who’s local, or casting a wider net in the search for a new superintendent. The Jackson Sun

TEACHING SCIENCE  The University of Memphis receives a $1.5 million federal grant to improve teaching science to English language learners. WREG-TV

H.R. MATTER  Rogersville City Schools develops a compensation plan for technology director Gary Hicks for the time he works as a state representative in Nashville. Kingsport Times-News

PAYROLL GLITCH  Maury County school employees don’t receive their regular payday deposits due to a payroll glitch that leaders promise to correct soon.  Columbia Daily Herald, Fox17-TV, NewsChannel 5

FIGHTING OBESITY How GoNoodle is helping Tennessee elementary school children wiggle and burn calories. The Leaf-Chronicle

ADVANCED PLACEMENT  Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools makes the College Board’s AP honor roll. The Leaf-Chronicle

MINI GRANTS  A program funded by Nissan awards mini grants to 45 innovative teachers in Murfreesboro and Rutherford County. Daily News Journal

BUILDING PROGRAM  Rutherford County leaders look at 115 acres suitable for three schools. Daily News Journal

NEW TECHNOLOGY  Several Sumner County schools get iPads and Chromebooks for each student. The Tennessean

MINI FARM  A Robertson County high school seeks to open a mini farm for its agriculture students.  The Tennessean

OPERATION WARM  The Nashville firefighters union donates more than 450 coats to children at a Nashville school. WKRN-TV

PRESCHOOL  How investing in preschool beats the stock market, hands down, according to Nobel laureate James Heckman, a professor of economics at the University of Chicago. nprEd