YEAR IN 10 From testing and standards to school funding and bus safety, Tennessee has navigated a tumultuous and historic year. Here are 10 defining stories for K-12 public education in 2016. Chalkbeat

QUALIFICATIONS Only two-thirds of teachers in the state-run Achievement School District have the highest level of qualification to teach, compared to 97 percent statewide. The Commercial Appeal

OPTIONAL SCHOOLS Parents will get the results of the Metro Schools optional schools application process for the 2017-18 school year on Feb. 10. The Tennessean

SCHOOL BUS CRASH A lawsuit filed today in federal court on behalf of families involved in the fatal Woodmore Elementary school bus crash claims the Hamilton County Department of Education and the district’s Transportation Supervisor Ben Coulter failed to take action that could have prevented the crash. Chattanooga Times Free Press

DISCIPLINE Six Murfreesboro police officers face disciplinary action for inappropriately taking four elementary school children into custody last school year. Fox 17

STEAM Three Nashville-area schools are named state finalists in a contest to win a share of $2 million in technology. The Tennessean

BUS SAFETY A Knox County school bus struck a pedestrian this morning in North Knoxville. No students were injured. The Knoxville News Sentinel

FAKE NEWS If you’re reading this newsletter, chances are you care about thoughtful reporting and are concerned about the rise of intentionally false news. But if you’re wondering what to do about it, there’s a movement you can join. Chalkbeat