Rise & Shine: Battle over DeVos nomination heats up

DEVOS DEBATE  As the Senate prepares to vote today on the nomination of Betsy DeVos for U.S. secretary of education, Tennesseans are urged by state Democrats to flood the offices of Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker with 10,000 phone calls over the weekend. Chalkbeat

NAEP TESTS  The chairman of the State Board of Education talks about the the significance of testing for the Nation’s Report Card as some Tennessee students begin taking the assessment. Chalkbeat

SCHOOL CLOSURES  Shelby County commissioners are OK with Superintendent Dorsey Hopson’s decision to save one Memphis school from closure, even as they’ve encouraged Hopson to shrink the bloated district. The Commercial Appeal

VOUCHER PROPOSAL  State lawmakers from Shelby County are in a war of words over a controversial school voucher proposal filed by Sen. Brian Kelsey of Germantown. WMC-TV, The Commercial AppealChalkbeat

BLACK EDUCATION  A panel in Memphis discusses educational goals, the government’s role in education, community involvement, culturally competent leadership, and school funding. The Commercial Appeal

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  Tennessee’s top education officials say they don’t suspect any organized cheating, even as a third of the state’s graduates failed to get all the necessary credits last year. Nashville Public Radio, Chalkbeat

REFUGEE STUDENTS  A Nashville teacher invites President Trump to visit her class where refugee students proudly say the pledge of allegiance every morning. The Tennessean

TENNESSEE PROMISE  New data shows that more students are staying in school under the state’s free community college program. Knoxville News Sentinel, Nashville Public Radio

TENNESSEE RECONNECT  A look at Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposal to extend the program of tuition-free community college enjoyed by recent high school graduates. Nashville Public Radio

OOLTEWAH CASE  Hamilton County lawmakers are rewriting Tennessee’s child abuse reporting laws to clarify and strengthen the language in response to the 2015 Ooltewah High School rape case. Times Free Press

ECONOMICALLY DISADVANTAGED  Under the state’s narrowed definition, about 36 percent of Hamilton County students were considered “economically disadvantaged” last year, dramatically down from 61 percent the year before. Times Free Press

CUTS WITH CLASS  A local barber visits a Memphis elementary school once a week to give free haircuts to male students. The Commercial Appeal

GOOD MEDICINE  A new coalition is working to fight asthma attacks in Chattanooga-area schools. Times Free Press

DRIVER SHORTAGE  Some Wilson County parents say their kids aren’t being picked up for school in the mornings due to a bus driver shortage.  WSMV-TV

DIGITAL INVESTMENT  Blount County moves a step closer to adding 4,300 student computers and an online registration system this year. The Daily Times

BUDGET PREVIEW  With enrollment down in grades K-8, Blount County Schools may trim positions through attrition next year. The Daily Times

SICK DAYS  Schools districts in at least eight Tennessee counties close today because of student illnesses. Knoxville News SentinelWKRN-TV

GRADE WEIGHTING  Kingsport’s school board asks the state to revisit a change from last year that mandates weighted grades for Advanced Placement, honors and dual enrollment courses. Kingsport Times-News

SCHOOL TRANSFER  Kingsport and Sullivan County negotiate a contract for the $20 million transfer of a school from the county to the city. Kingsport Times-News

BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS  A Kingsport middle school principal joins 54 U.S. educators to help build a school in the Dominican Republic. Kingsport Times-News

BREAKING THE COLOR BARRIER  A look at the history of school integration in Clarksville. The Leaf-Chronicle

SUPERINTENDENT CONTRACT  Dickson County’s school board chairman wants to expedite the process for extending Director Danny Weeks’ contract. Dickson Herald