Rise & Shine: Here are four education issues to watch as Tennessee’s legislature kicks off

TNLEG 2017  With Republican supermajorities in both chambers, Tennessee lawmakers expect to revisit two perennial questions when the 110th General Assembly convenes on Tuesday: How much money the state should spend on schools, especially when it’s flush with a multimillion-dollar surplus; and whether Tennessee should approve tuition vouchers to allow public money to follow students to private schools. Chalkbeat

IT’S OFFICIAL After coming up empty-handed in the search for a new operator, Tennessee’s turnaround district will close its first school at the end of this school year, leaders announce Monday night. Chalkbeat

FRONT AND CENTER Memphis takes the national spotlight on Tuesday when the NAACP holds its second of seven public hearings across the nation on the impact of charter schools on public education. The hearings are sponsored by the National Task Force for Quality Education, which the NAACP created after the civil rights group in October approved a moratorium on charter expansion. Chalkbeat

HEARING DELAY The Senate has postponed the confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for education secretary. The Washington Post

LOTS OF QUESTIONS If Sen. Elizabeth Warren keeps her promises, Betsy DeVos is in for a challenging hearing. DeVos, who President-elect Donald Trump has chosen to run the U.S. Department of Education, will likely face questions from Democrats about her advocacy for school vouchers and her long history of philanthropic and political giving during her confirmation hearing. Chalkbeat

NEW DIGS A new high school, one of the most expensive public projects in Collierville’s history, is taking shape. The Commercial Appeal

BUILDING ISSUES Kate Bond elementary and middle schools reopen after a water main break caused officials to release students early in Memphis. WMC-TV, The Commercial Appeal

Heating problems prompts early release of students at Frayser Achievement Elementary in Memphis. The Commercial Appeal

After a hail storm damaged the roof in a preschool in Jackson-Madison County School System, pre-K classes are delayed as officials look for asbestos. The Jackson Sun

MOVING ON Interim superintendent of Knox County Schools urges school board to up the salary range for his successor. Knoxville News Sentinel

VOUCHER FIGHT Knox County school board reaffirms its stance against state legislature passing tuition vouchers for students to attend private schools in Tennessee. Knoxville News Sentinel

BUS CRASH Under a tight time constraint, members of the Hamilton County Board of Education want to consider their options before voting to renew the system’s bus contract with Durham School Services for another year. Chattanooga Times Free Press

COLLEGE READY Dyer County High School celebrates an average 21.2 ACT score, which is above the state and national average. Dyersburg State Gazette

FIRST PERSON A Colorado principal of a two-time National Blue Ribbon award says she’s found success by ignoring education buzzwords. Chalkbeat

OPINION Do some school choice programs make sense in rural America? For students like Paige Knutson, Daniel Lopez Gomez, and Merle Vander Weyst, the answer is certainly yes. Chalkbeat

COMMENTARY Poet: I can’t answer questions on Texas standardized tests about my own poems The Washington Post