Rise & Shine: Hopson’s plan to close and build schools gets good marks from county commissioners

NEXT STEPS  Superintendent Dorsey Hopson’s plan caters to Shelby County commissioners’ demands that the school system stop pouring money into aging buildings. Chalkbeat

NEW NATIONAL LEADER Betsy DeVos wants to clear something up: She definitely doesn’t like the Common Core standards. Chalkbeat

Why Betsy DeVos could mean the end of the education wars as we know them. Chalkbeat

You know her education world ties, now read about her deep ties to the Christian Reformed elite. The Washington Post

TURNAROUND LEADER Dr. Sharon Griffin, regional superintendent of Memphis’ iZone, talks about her history as an educator. Memphis Daily News, Chalkbeat

TRY, TRY AGAIN A re-bid on a life insurance contract saves taxpayers nearly $4 million and may help Shelby County Schools employees and retirees avoid skyrocketing premiums. The Commercial Appeal

LET’S TALK The director of Metro Schools is 100 days into the job and ready to provide a frank assessment of the district, which to his surprise, includes a relatively stiff critique of the district’s middle schools. Nashville Public Radio

BUS CRASH FALLOUT Of the five largest school districts in Tennessee, Metro Nashville Public Schools is the only one that doesn’t contract with private operators for bus services. The Tennessean

One week after fatal Chattanooga bus crash, another bus hits a pedestrian. Grief counselors and other personnel are sent to schools to help students cope. Chattanooga Times Free Press, The Tennessean

Lawyer says driver likely to plead not guilty in fatal bus crash in Chattanooga. The Associated Press, WSMV-TV

Police are on the lookout for a man suspected of scamming people by collecting donations for the families affected by the bus crash. Chattanooga Times Free Press

EDUCATION FOR LIFE Profile of an Oak Ridge school board member who has been in education his whole career and then some. Cleveland Daily Banner

REZONING Knox County considers changing high school zoning to accommodate two new middle schools. Knoxville News Sentinel

SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH A series of community meetings to help school board members choose a superintendent for Jackson-Madison County school system start this week. The Jackson Sun

GOOD NEWS A Maryville principal starts positive phone calls to parents with “#GoodNewsCallOfTheDay.” The Daily Times

STUDENT HEALTH Lions Club vision screenings making big difference in Cleveland schools. Cleveland Daily Banner

MUSIC EDUCATION Two Dyersburg students selected to sing at Carnegie Hall in New York City for the 2017 High School Honors Performance Series. Dyersburg State Gazette