Rise & Shine: Haslam proposes 5 percent boost for K-12 education in Tennessee

SCHOOL FUNDING Gov. Bill Haslam announces an expansion of the state’s free community college program to adults and more funding for teacher pay, career technical education, English language learners, and charter schools. Chalkbeat, The Tennessean, Chattanooga Times Free Press, WSMV-TV

DIVISION About 100 educators and parents who gathered Monday afternoon outside U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander’s office in downtown Memphis to protest DeVos’s nomination on the eve of her confirmation vote as others protested throughout the state. Chalkbeat, The Commercial Appeal, Knoxville News Sentinel, Johnson City Press, WMC-TV

TRY, TRY AGAIN The first voucher bill of the Tennessee legislative session picks up where state lawmakers left off — a pilot program in Memphis. The Tennessean

NO MORE VALEDICTORIANS? Williamson County Schools considers eliminating class rank as fewer colleges require them on admission applications. The Tennesseean

AHEAD OF SCHEDULE Hawkins County officials ask the school system to get its budget to the panel a month earlier to allow for changes. Kingsport Times-News

NEW DIGS Germantown Municipal Schools outside of Memphis are one step closer to deciding where their new elementary school will be located. WREG-TV

PARENTS & TEACHERS The Family Engagement University helps teachers and parents in Nashville connect and communicate well to benefit students. News Channel 5

THE SEARCH CONTINUES The three-member search committee tasked with finding the next superintendent of Knox County Schools will narrow applications from two dozen candidates down to their top five Tuesday. Knoxville News Sentinel

Hamilton County school board nails down a job description for its next superintendent and discusses cost for hiring more independent bus contractors. Chattanooga Times Free Press

RATING PLAN Knox County school board discusses joining other localities in condemning the State Department of Education’s A-F rating system for schools, calling the measure “misleading and demoralizing.” Knoxville News Sentinel

PRAYER COMPLAINT Hamilton County Schools finds a community member, not a coach, led a football team in prayer for an injured student. The investigation was in response to a complaint from the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Chattanooga Times Free Press