Rise & Shine: By getting testing wrong again, Tennessee could undo what it may be getting right

Good morning and happy Monday!

Fresh from an overseas economic development trip, Gov. Bill Haslam will go on the offense today to talk about what happened with the state's sloppy testing this spring — and how to move forward. Haslam and his education chief are scheduled to sit down with reporters this afternoon to talk about TNReady. Chalkbeat will be in the room but, in the meantime, today's featured story offers an early peek at their likely message.

—Marta W. Aldrich, statehouse correspondent

AFTER TNREADY  Concern grows that public outcry over this year’s testing problems will eventually unravel years of carefully crafted accountability work. Chalkbeat

PRE-K  Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland signs an ordinance passed by the Memphis City Council to establish a funding structure for universal pre-K. WMC

ARTSFEST  Shelby County Schools highlights more than 900 student performers and nearly a thousand pieces of student artwork during a weekend ArtsFest. Memphis Public Radio

SCHOOL INTEGRATION  Two Hamilton County school board members speak out against a Chattanooga nonprofit organization’s call for racial and socio-economic integration of county schools. Times Free Press, WTVC, WRCB

ARTS EDUCATION  Chattanooga students and their families celebrate a renewed emphasis on the arts in Hamilton County’s Opportunity Zone for low-performing schools. Times Free Press

CAMP K  A four-week summer program will help prepare 300 Hamilton County children for kindergarten. Times Free Press

INVESTIGATING ABUSE  The state Department of Children’s Services investigated 647 allegations of child abuse or neglect involving students in Tennessee schools during a recent 20-month period, according to an analysis by USA Today Network.

TENNESSEE PROMISE  The first data on Tennessee’s community college scholarship program shows that about a quarter of all 2015 participants received a college degree after five semesters. Nashville Public Radio, The Tennessean

PROJECT GRAD  Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and County Commissioner Evelyn Gill are scheduled to co-host a community meeting today about the district’s program for improving college attendance rates. Knoxville News Sentinel

SPECIAL STUDENT  Meet the first student with Down syndrome to earn a general education diploma in Bartlett City Schools. The Commercial Appeal

SUPERINTENDENT NEWS  Jackson-Madison County’s school board extends Superintendent Eric Jones’ contract through 2022. The Jackson Sun, WBBJ

Three Tipton County educators are finalists to be the district’s leader. Covington Leader

BUDGET SEASON  Maury County commissioners reject $40 million requested for school improvements. Columbia Daily Herald

Alcoa’s school board votes to raise tuition for nonresident students and give employees a Christmas bonus, but not a raise. The Daily Times

Maryville City Schools plans to add staff and give a 1.75 percent raise, thanks to increased enrollment. The Daily Times

All Oak Ridge school staff, both in teaching and non-teaching positions, could receive a 1.5 percent salary increase under the superintendent’s proposed budget. Oak Ridger

COUNSELING CONTRACT  Cumberland County’s school board approves an agreement to make more counseling services available to students enrolled in TennCare or CoverKids. Crossville Chronicle

SPORTSMANSHIP CLINIC   Two East Tennessee high school basketball teams meet again to talk about sportsmanship after a mid-game brawl in January left both teams banned from post-season play for two years. WATE, Knoxville News Sentinel

OPINION: RACE-BAITING IN CHATTANOOGA  Recent comments about race, integration, and busing from two school board members “made us wonder if we’d fallen through a time warp to return to a 1960 version of Chattanooga and Hamilton County,” writes Pam Sohn of the Times Free Press


PHOTO: LEAD Public Schools
LEAD Academy High School in Nashville celebrates its annual “senior signing day” to spotlight graduating students, many of whom will be the first in their family to attend college. This year marks the fifth consecutive year that the charter network’s Nashville graduating class earned 100 percent acceptance to college.