TEACHER VOICE A Memphis teacher who was Tennessee’s Teacher of the Year in 2015 soon will begin working directly with Superintendent Dorsey Hopson’s team to interject a teacher’s voice in policy decisions for Shelby County Schools. Chalkbeat

TEACHER EVALUATIONS A majority of the Knox County Schools’ teacher advisory committee supports a proposed school board resolution requesting a testing waiver from the state that would keep standardized test scores out of teacher evaluations and student grades this school year. Knoxville News Sentinel

MUSIC HISTORY Nashville tourism leaders sound off on omission of key Tennessee music history figures and events in the state’s new proposed standards for fifth graders. The Tennessean

PARTNERSHIP If successful, a newly formed research alliance by the Tennessee Department of Education will allow Vanderbilt Univeristy and national researchers a chance to put an unprecedented stamp on education policy and practices statewide. The Tennessean

“ACTING LIKE CHILDREN” Hamilton County Board of Education has troubles agreeing on search firm and characteristics of the school system’s new leader as its search for a new superintendent continues. Chattanooga Times Free Press

MONITORING PROGRESS Metro Nashville Public Schools parents will soon have access to student grades after the district switched to a new student tracking system this year. The Tennessean

DOWN TO BUSINESS A Chattanooga businesswoman takes on teaching entrepreneurial skills to teens. She doesn’t have a blueprint, just years of experience. Chattanooga Times Free Press

GUIDANCE TO COLLEGE The guidance counselors promised by the governor’s office to 30 high schools across Tennessee will start soon. The Tennesseean, The Associated Press, Chalkbeat

BEYOND HIGH SCHOOL Carter County School Board approves “work ethic diploma,” which designates a student who has demonstrated soft skills needed in the workplace. Johnson City Press

SCHOOL OPTIONS Magnet schools in Knox County try to woo parents and students at an annual showcase. Knoxville News Sentinel

GIFT OF READING Nissan presented a check of $100,000 to Casa Azafran learning center in Nashville as part of the Governor’s Books From Birth Foundation and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. WTVF-TV

GIFTED EDUCATION Hamilton County teachers, students honored at Tennessee Association of the Gifted luncheon. Chattanooga Times Free Press