SCHOOL REDESIGN  East High School, open since 1948 and one of Memphis’ most historic schools, is officially on the list of optional programs being promoted this month by Shelby County Schools. Chalkbeat

SNOWBALL  Amid outrage from parents whose kids braved snow and icy roads to go to school, Nashville school officials apologize for keeping the district open and explain their decision last Friday. The TennesseanNashville Public Radio, WSMV-TV

A Nashville woman offers a warm house and lunch to several high school students when their school bus got stuck on a hill while en route home in the snow. WKRN-TV

GRADING SCHOOLS  Here’s a look at how Tennessee schools will receive grades on their school report cards beginning next school year. The TennesseanChalkbeat

SCHOOL FUNDING  Rep. Charles Sargent of Franklin files a bill that would require the state to spend a minimum amount per student. The Tennessean

SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH  Jackson-Madison County Schools Superintendent Verna Ruffin is named one of five finalists to head Huntsville City Schools in Alabama. The Jackson Sun

VOUCHERS AND MORE  The Knox County school board this week will revisit its stand on school vouchers, get an update on the district’s superintendent search, and consider a list of seven priorities heading into the new legislative session. Knoxville News Sentinel

COLLEGIATE ACADEMY  Columbia Central High School partners with Columbia State Community College to establish the first collegiate academy in Maury County. The Daily Herald

ONE BOOK BLITZ  Today, elementary and intermediate students throughout Blount County are scheduled to read the same book as part of a community-wide literacy campaign.  The Daily Times

READING TEACHER   A second-grade teacher at Ashland City Elementary School is named Reading Teacher of the Year by the Tennessee Reading Association. The Tennessean

POLICY UPDATES  Blount County’s school board updates district policies with language recommended by the Tennessee School Boards Association. The Daily Times

NEW SCHOOLS  Sullivan County’s school system signs an option to buy a new site to build a middle school. Kingsport Times-News

Murfreesboro leaders authorize a $4 million offer for land to build a school and a park. Daily News Journal

DIGITAL TEXTBOOKS  An exploration of how Greene County schools might use digital technology, including digital textbooks, will include visits to each school. The Greeneville Sun

JOHN KING’S EXIT  The nation’s outgoing education secretary talks equity, testing and vouchers as he prepares for a Trump Administration hand-over. nprED