Rise & Shine: For the first time, Tennessee awards pre-K funding based on quality, not quantity

EARLY CHILDHOOD More than 900 public pre-K classrooms across Tennessee will receive state funding next school year under a new awards process designed to incentivize quality of programming over the volume of students. Chalkbeat

ON THE RECORD The Shelby County Schools board votes to extend Superintendent Dorsey Hopson’s contract by two years and advances the district’s spending plan to county leaders for consideration. Chalkbeat, The Commercial Appeal

SURVEY SAYS A Vanderbilt University poll says most Tennesseans support in-state college tuition for undocumented students, a proposal state lawmakers have repeatedly blocked in recent years. The Tennessean, Times Free Press

CHARTER FINANCING Two Nashville charter schools use an obscure channel for building financing that is drawing allegations conflict of interest and lack of transparency. The Tennessean

TRIMMING COSTS Hamilton County business and community leaders say the school district should trim the number of teachers and schools to better use resources. Times Free Press

TESTING TROUBLES How missed TNReady deadlines will impact student report cards this year. The Tennessean, Chalkbeat

STEM PREP Volunteer State Community College is teaming up with area high schools to grow a science research pipeline for students. The Tennessean