HOW I TEACH Why this award-winning teacher in Chattanooga starts the year eating lunch with her students. Chalkbeat

RESEARCH SHOWS Lots of people are excited about career and technical education. But new international research points to a potential downside. Chalkbeat

PRE-K CLASSROOMS Nearly 95 percent of districts in Tennessee will receive pre-K funding designed to serve 4-year-olds who are at-risk. Clarksville Online, Chalkbeat

FUNDING Shelby County Schools board members debate funding strategies, including how to be more aggressive in the securing dollars. Memphis Daily News

CUTS? Hamilton County should reduce the number of schools and teachers, according to report from a group of 11 business and community leaders that has been quietly analyzing the school district’s budget and operations. Chattanooga Times Free Press

NEW DATA Two-thirds of state voters surveyed in a new poll say they back granting in-state public college and tuition rates to Tennessee high school graduates whose families brought them illegally as children to the U.S. Chattanooga Times Free Press

BEHIND THE PUSH Parents in a Memphis suburb are pushing for a $3.5M field house at Houston High School. Memphis Business Journal 

CHATTANOGA FORUM Two Hamilton County board members host a community forum around the search for a new superintendent and the future of the county’s lowest-performing schools. WTVC-TV

OPINION The Executive Director of Professional Educators of Tennessee says the state needs a rallying cry for school improvement. The Chattanoogan

ANOTHER ASD A proposal to eliminate a controversial charter school initiative in Nevada — named after the Achievement School District in Tennessee — may instead breathe new life into the program. Las Vegas Review-Journal