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.