CAREER EDUCATION Tennessee wins a $2 million grant to strengthen career preparation for middle and high school students. Chalkbeat,  The Commercial Appeal

A-F Collierville’s school board votes to lobby against the state’s new A-F grading system. The Commercial Appeal

ESSA Education commissioner Candice McQueen travels to Northeastern Tennessee to talk about the state’s plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act.  Kingsport Times-News

BUS SAFETY Metro Nashville Public Schools looks into whether it’s practical to put seat belts on its school buses. The Tennessean

Hamilton County Schools remains uncertain about whether to renew its contract with Durham School Services in light of November’s fatal school bus crash but definitely plans to allow independent drivers to pick up more routes. Chattanooga Times Free Press

FIRST PERSON ChalkbeatWhat a refugee student from Iraq taught me about reaching newcomers.

RELOCATION Nashville considers moving the site of one of its high schools. The Tennessean

LITERACY Opinion: Why Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce business leaders and community volunteers urge a focus on literacy in local schools. The Tennessean

NO SNOW DAY Wilson County’s decision to hold school Friday when snow fell in a changing forecast was criticized by some parents, but officials say their policy allows families to make up their own minds about whether to go to school in snow. The Tennessean

BUS FIRE An East Tennessee school bus burst into flames Monday, but no students were harmed. WATE

FOR THE GRAM A Greeneville English teacher connects to other educators via Instagram. U.S. News and World Report