BIG DEBUT Porter-Leath’s new Early Childhood Academy will open today as the first of its kind in Memphis and serve more than 200 students. Chalkbeat

FINANCIAL LITERACY Video: Running mini-Memphis for a day, fifth-graders say adulting is hard (and fun). Chalkbeat

WHO IS CONSIDERED POOR? More students could be responsible for paying summer school and graduation fees under a recommended policy change that would narrow the scope of who is eligible. The Commercial Appeal

STATUS UPDATE Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland gives his first State of the City address and two of the three action items he gives to listeners involve education, an entity the city no longer funds. WREG-TV

FREE COLLEGE Three years after Gov. Bill Haslam introduced Tennessee Promise, the landmark scholarship program, it’s conversations in statehouses around the country that are changing, placing the Volunteer State at the center of a national movement. The Tennessean

COVER YOUR MOUTH Nearly 10 percent of students and about 700 staff members were out sick, prompting Knox County Schools to close again yesterday and today. Knoxville News Sentinel

Hamilton and Maury County Schools also join the growing list of schools and districts closing to prevent spread of infectious illnesses. Chattanooga Times Free Press, The Daily Herald

ROB PETER, PAY PAUL A proposed state law would relieve districts from paying city stormwater fees, a charge that cropped up in Chattanooga after a settlement with the city over tax payments. Chattanooga Times Free Press

SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH The Tennessee Student Board Association recommends Joey Hassell, Eric Jones and Tammy Knipp as finalists for Jackson-Madison County School System superintendent. The Jackson Sun

MONEY, MONEY Knox County commissioners appear receptive to budget priorities laid out by the school board, including more money for bus drivers and pay raises for teachers and education assistants working in classrooms. Knoxville News Sentinel

HATE IN SCHOOL Two Murfreesboro high school girls face expulsion and criminal charges accusing them of making a swastika mark on a bathroom stall. The Daily News Journal