Rise & Shine: Tennessee districts ask governor to pause state testing

Good morning!

Over the course of my 10 weeks at Chalkbeat, there are two words I’ve heard more than anything: virtual school.

Daleville Public Schools, a small rural district on the northeast side of Indianapolis, oversees two online charter schools. Under Indiana law, Daleville received a payment of $1 million in state funds last year in exchange for ensuring the schools adhere to rules and perform well academically.

But some critics are raising questions about the payments to Daleville, referring to the virtual schools’ poor academic performance and questionable financial and operational practices.  Policymakers are also asking whether the district should receive the additional funding at all. Shaina explains why in her latest story.

Read on.

— Shelby Mullis, reporter

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VIRTUAL FUNDING: Daleville Public Schools received $1 million to oversee two virtual schools, but critics are questioning whether the funds are being used appropriately. Chalkbeat

NOT READY: Leaders of Tennessee’s two largest school districts are asking the outgoing governor to pause the state’s TNReady testing program indefinitely until a new administration can address the assessment’s problems. Chalkbeat

SPECIAL EDUCATION: An investigation by the Colorado Department of Education found the Denver school district violated federal rules when determining which special education students would receive support from a teacher’s aide. Chalkbeat

ENGLISH LEARNERS: English language learner advocates fear U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos will get rid of the Office for English learners without seeking congressional approval or public comment. EdWeek