Rise & Shine: Backlash over teacher evaluations and student testing is growing

NO CONFIDENCE Tennessee’s third-largest district voted Wednesday night to draft a letter of “no confidence” to the Tennessee Department of Education, Gov. Bill Haslam, and Knoxville-area lawmakers. Chalkbeat

UNEXCUSED ABSENCES A new program will place advocates in Shelby County Schools with high numbers of truant students. WMC-TV

RECRUITING INCENTIVES Knox County board members unanimously approved recruitment incentives up to $24,000 for new employees working toward a special education licensure. Knoxville News Sentinel

READING PARTNERS About 250 volunteers will be matched with second-graders in Jackson and Madison County to help improve students’ reading skills. The Jackson Sun

FEEDING A NEED A school food pantry in rural Hawkins County sends students home from school with backpacks of food. Kingsport Times-News