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GRADE CHANGES The decision by Shelby County Schools leaders to abruptly halt the investigation into possible grade tampering is prompting questions about whether anyone will be held accountable. Chalkbeat
FULL LOAD Some students riding the school bus home from a Knox County school sit in the aisle, according to one parent whose son has captured photos and video. Knoxville News Sentinel
WRONGFUL TERMINATION A lawsuit claims three former Knox County Schools employees were fired in retaliation for reporting actions by Knox County Schools Security Chief Gus Paidousis. Knoxville News Sentinel
SUPERINTENDENT HIRE John Carver, the former digital learning and innovation chief for Maury County Schools, signs a contract to lead Tullahoma City Schools. Columbia Daily Herald
SECOND LOOK A new study of the Obama administration’s multi-billion dollar School Improvement Grant program, deemed a failure in a federal review last year, suggests that the program may have had some successes after all. Chalkbeat
BIG DONOR Amazon founder Jeff Bezos announced on Twitter that he will be giving $2 billion to two major initiatives, including Montessori preschools in low-income communities. Chalkbeat
NO GUNS New York will not allow schools to use federal or state money to buy guns, according to a memo sent Wednesday by state education officials to school district leaders across New York. Chalkbeat