LINGERING DEBATE Just as students have begun taking Tennessee’s new standardized test, Shelby County officials are calling on state leaders to back off of using those scores to evaluate teachers. Chalkbeat

LIGHTNING TALKS Among the speakers for Ignite Memphis Edu is Andrea Fitzgerald, a Memphis educator who wants to use the stage to shout, “Memphis education isn’t failing. Stop saying that it is, and start putting in the work.” Find out more about how to attend Ignite Edu. Chalkbeat

GOVERNOR BID As mayor of Nashville, Karl Dean was the city’s leading champion of charter schools. But as he begins his Democratic run for Tennessee governor, Dean says charter schools won’t be a centerpiece of his statewide education platform. The Tennessean

CITY FUNDING Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland says his budget proposal to the Memphis City Council is set, but adds he is willing to talk with the citizens who drafted a letter to him last week calling on the city to put up $10 million in funding for schools in his proposal. Memphis Daily News

HERENTON A Downtown-area campus near Juvenile Court is the latest addition to a proposal by former Memphis mayor and school superintendent Willie Herenton for a nonprofit organization that would manage juvenile detention in Shelby County. The Commercial Appeal

BUDGET CONTROVERSY At least two members of the Hamilton County school board plan to vote against a budget asking for $33.5 million in additional revenue, and one plans to make a motion requiring district administrators to prepare a balanced budget. Chattanooga Times Free Press

RAISES TO COME The Kingsport school board expects to give its teachers raises and maintain a balanced budget for the coming school year. Kingsport Times-News

 STEM SUCCESS Read about how Memphis Business Academy is flexing its STEM muscles. Memphis Daily News

NO MORE RANKING The Williamson County School board approves the district’s decision to eliminate class rank in the face of its declining importance in college admissions. The Associated Press

SAFE KIDS A new coalition comes to West Tennessee that is made up of first responders and other agencies working together through education and action to reduce injuries and prevent deaths of children. The Jackson Sun

LUNCH MONEY A Tri-Cities area school system said starting in the fall, students will be paying more for school lunches. WJHL-TV