POST MORTEM In the coming months, lawmakers who backed the proposal to start a five-year pilot program in Memphis will fine-tune it. One goal: clearing up questions about what kind of tests students need to take so lawmakers can determine if the program is “working.” Chalkbeat

DEMERGER
The Germantown school system wants to spend at least $25 million to buy three schools from Shelby County, a district it chose to leave. Chalkbeat, The Commercial Appeal

ADVERSITY A conference in Chattanooga explores how adverse childhood experiences can affect public schools — and what can be done to help. Times Free Press

VOUCHERS Vouchers are found to lower test scores for students in Washington, D.C. schools. The New York Times

BUDGET SEASON Memphis’s City Council starts budget hearings, which will include some discussion on how to support the city’s schools. Memphis Daily News

SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH The Hamilton County Board of Education narrows down its list of superintendent finalists Tuesday, but won’t release emails showing who’s left. Times Free Press

BUILDING WOES Hamilton County school board members say that they need more money from the county for school buildings that are in disrepair, especially compared to gleaming new schools just across the state line in Georgia. WCRB-TV

SCHOOL NURSES Elizabethton schools in East Tennessee start using a virtual health clinic that’s already widely used in that part of the state. Johnson City Press

MENTAL HEALTH A Knoxville-area high school holds a parent meeting after three students commit suicide in a semester. Knoxville News Sentinel