Rise & Shine: State audit critical of Achievement School District finances

BLISTERING AUDIT  The Tennessee Department of Education takes control of key financial management functions of the Achievement School District after a state audit reveals financial mismanagement by the state-run school turnaround district. ChalkbeatThe Commercial Appeal, Chattanooga Times Free Press, The Associated Press

SAY WHEN  Leaders for Shelby County Schools say the state’s turnaround district keeps schools under its purview for too long. Chalkbeat, The Tennessean

TESTING, TESTING  Lingering questions surrounding Tennessee’s move to a new test maker are answered during a meeting with state lawmakers. The Tennessean

TEACHER PREP BATTLE  Bethel University is granted a restraining order halting action by the Tennessee Education Department and State Board of Education, which voted last month to revoke approval and accreditation of the West Tennessee university’s School of Education.  The Jackson Sun, WBBJ-TV

NAME GAME  Shelby County Schools seeks to build excitement around its new tool for professional development by giving its employees a say in what to call it. Chalkbeat

NO AIR CONDITIONING  Hundreds of children at a Nashville elementary school go to school despite complaints of sanitary and health issues.  WKRN-TV

DUAL ENROLLMENT  More than 250 Blount County high school students earn college credit through a dual enrollment program with Pellissippi State Community College. The Daily Times

RUN, HIDE, FIGHT  Blount County teachers, administrators and school resource officers train to learn how to better prepare for crisis situations such an active shooter. The Daily Times

EASTMAN PARTNERSHIP  Eastman Chemical Co. enters an innovative partnership with Aether Global Education, a nonprofit think tank focused on transformative learning through design education. Kingsport Times-News

STOLEN MONEY  Clarksville-Montgomery County School officials say the district has recovered more than $4,000 in “stolen public money” referenced in a recent report by the Tennessee comptroller. The Leaf-Chronicle

LAND PURCHASE  Washington County is poised to begin negotiations to buy land for its new 1,100-student K-8 school. Johnson City Press