Good morning! As Gov. Bill Haslam prepares his administration's final budget, Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen urged him yesterday to continue teacher pay raises and to set aside dollars to support a required student intervention program that districts have long lamented the state's lack of funding. Read more in today's featured story.
FAKE NEWS No, there’s no reason to think U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is planning to resign, contrary to viral news stories. Chalkbeat
TEACHER SHORTAGE Shelby County Schools is still looking to fill 80 teaching spots across the district, especially elementary and special education teachers. WMC
GRADING Superintendent Dorsey Hopson says Memphis schools need to do away with grade floors and create a consistent policy and practice WHBQ
THE OTHER 60 PERCENT A new Memphis nonprofit aims to create neighborhood councils that help community leaders address out-of-school hindrances to a child’s education. High Ground News
TNREADY For a third straight year, the Knox County school board will consider a resolution asking the state not to use TNReady test scores for teacher evaluations and student grade. Knoxville News Sentinel
BEYOND HIGH SCHOOL If companies can demonstrate graduates they hire from Tennessee technical schools aren’t up to snuff, “we’ll take them back and train them for free,” Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor Flora Tydings tells Gov. Bill Haslam. Times Free Press, The Associated Press
KEEPING TRACK A new data startup in Memphis seeks to help teachers, mentors and other educators on top of early warning signs of students struggling or dropping out of school. High Ground News
BACK TO SCHOOL Tennessee lawmakers debate education issues with Maryville High School students. The Daily Times
ALL TOGETHER NOW Representatives from Maury County’s public, private and higher education institutions gather with business leaders to share accomplishments. The Daily Herald
LITTER LESSON Cheatham County students are brainstorming ways to repurpose litter into a large mosaic to be judged by the public in spring. The Tennessean
SONIC recently donated more than $18,000 to 34 teacher projects in Shelby County Schools including sneakers for a basketball team and a classroom iPad. Teachers can learn more about how to submit a project at Limeades for Learning.