SEEKING A BALANCE   Tennessee reduces its number of social studies standards by 14 percent to give teachers flexibility and time to go in-depth, while also covering important historic events. Chalkbeat, The Commercial Appeal

CHALK TALK Chalkbeat sits down with Daniel Connolly a Memphis reporter and author who says that everyone loses when America blocks immigrant children from higher education opportunities. Chalkbeat

TEACHER PAY Knox County Schools announces a budget proposal with a 3 percent salary increase for teachers and a $1 per hour raise for teaching assistants. Knoxville News Sentinel

DRESS CODE Knox County students can now wear shorter shorts and district officials urge schools to enforce all of its dress code equally for boys and girls. Knoxville News Sentinel

CONVENING Maury County Public Schools board forms a task force to discuss teacher discipline policies following the disappearance of 9th grade student Elizabeth Thomas, thought to be kidnapped by her 50-year-old teacher. The Columbia Daily Herald

REST IN PEACE Teachers, community members and students dedicate a garden at Cummings K-8 in Memphis to the five students who were killed in an apartment fire in September. WREG-TV, WMC-TV