ACADEMIC STANDARDS  In the first of two votes, the State Board of Education votes unanimously to move ahead with proposed new social studies standards for Tennessee. Chalkbeat

SCHOOL TURNAROUND  Tennessee’s two lowest-performing schools fight to improve. The Commercial Appeal

TNREADY TESTING  With the first week of statewide testing complete, officials say they’ve seen only a few “sporadic” problems administering the assessment. Knoxville News Sentinel

STUDENT FOUND  Elizabeth Thomas, the Tennessee teenager  allegedly kidnapped by a teacher more than a month ago, is reunited with her family. NBC News, ABC News

Tad Cummins, the former Maury County teacher accused of kidnapping Elizabeth, is due in court today. CNN

SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH  Fourteen candidates — including an assistant state education commissioner and the former overseer of Nashville’s charter schools —are vying to be the next superintendent of Hamilton County Schools. Times Free Press

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES Chattanooga is learning from Nashville’s special education successes. Times Free Press

GOING HOME  U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander speaks to top scholars at Maryville High School, where he graduated and once served as class president. The Daily Times

DIRECTOR SEARCH  Robertson County Schools names its three top candidates — two from in state and one from North Carolina — for district director. The Tennessean

GOOD HARMONY  Student choirs at a Rutherford County high school join working and retired adults to perform Haydn’s “Creation” as part of a community chorale. Daily News Journal

DODGE BALL  Some 250 Houston County students participate in a friendly game of dodge ball with local police officers. The Leaf-Chronicle

YAY AND YUK  A Gibson County elementary school principal keeps his promise — and kisses a camel after his students meet their goal for the St. Jude Math-A-Thon. The Jackson Sun

HOW POVERTY CHANGES THE BRAIN  A growing body of research suggests the limbic system is constantly sending fear and stress messages to the prefrontal cortex, which overloads its ability to solve problems, set goals, and complete tasks in the most efficient ways.  The Atlantic