ANOTHER SETBACK  No one within the Achievement School District has stepped up to take over a school that lost its charter management — not even the network directly run by the turnaround district. Chalkbeat

YEAR IN REVIEW Five stories that shaped Memphis schools in 2016. Chalkbeat

Memphis K-12 public education got much of the attention in 2016 for ongoing changes that were more seismic and in some cases, fitful. Memphis Daily News

SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH Four candidates, including two embattled school leaders, apply to lead Knox County Schools after superintendent Jim McIntyre’s announcement to step down this summer. Knoxville News Sentinel

BUILDING BETTER TEACHERS Tomeka Hart of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Dr. Kent McGuire of Southern Education Foundation and Tequilla Banks of TNTP talk about teacher development in the next installment of our podcast series. The Funky Politics

BUILDING BETTER SCHOOLS Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen, iZone superintendent Sharon Griffin and Carol Johnson, the executive director of New Leaders for New Schools, talk about the challenges of underperforming schools. The Funky Politics

BUS CRASH It’s likely too late for Hamilton County Schools to turn back the clock on privatizing transportation services. Chattanooga Times Free Press

TEACHER PREPARATION Lipscomb University officials are celebrating amid it scoring high on the state’s new teacher preparation report card, unveiled in December. The Tennessean, Chalkbeat

ASD TALK Two state legislators discuss the future of the state-run Achievement School District ahead of the legislative session beginning this month. Memphis Daily News

EXPANDING After three years of running a school district from inside a handful of high school classrooms and a janitor’s closet, Arlington Community Schools will build a $3 million administration complex next year. The Commercial Appeal

NEW CONSTRUCTION Sullivan County set to build first schools since 1980. Kingsport Times-News

CHECK UP After a bumpy rollout, Nashville parents will now be able to check student grades on new online portal. The Tennessean

ROLL CALL Crosstown High School officials name their first executive director. The Commercial Appeal, Memphis Daily News

LEARNING BY DOING A Memphis student is one of 39 aspiring journalists between the ages of 10 and 14 chosen for the 2017 Scholastic News Kids Press Corps. The Commercial Appeal

REZONING Six schools are listed as affected by future redistricting for two new middle schools in Knox County. Knoxville News Sentinel

OPINION An editorial board says despite the Achievement School District’s challenges, it’s not time to pull the plug on the school intervention model yet. The Commercial Appeal