Rise & Shine: Memphis charter schools signal willingness to pay for better oversight

CHART(ER)ING NEW WATERS Memphis charter schools say they might be willing to pay Shelby County Schools for better oversight, something the local district has long asked for. Chalkbeat

TESTING THE TEST Tennessee tries out a new online testing platform after last year’s crashed. Chalkbeat, The Tennessean

WHEELS ON THE BUS Memphis school bus drivers worry that new, longer bus routes are bad for kids. Chalkbeat

DISABILITY RIGHTS Parents sue Tennessee over alleged mistreatment of students with disabilities, in hopes the Department of Education will better enforce laws protecting those students. The Associated Press

WALK OUT Several dozen students walked out of Trezevant High School in response to news that there are grading discrepancies for the school’s football team. The Commercial Appeal

CRIME A new sign-in system at the public school district in Clarksville helps sheriff’s deputies arrest three people listed on the sex offender registry. The Associated Press

BULLY PREVENTION Adult involvement is key in school bullying prevention. The Tennessean

TEACHER QUALITY The Chattanooga Times Free Press holds a forum on teacher quality. The Times Free Press

CLASS SIZE A generation ago, a study in Tennessee found that shrinking class sizes led to improved academic performance. The impact of the study is still felt nationwide. The Wall Street Journal

SOCIAL STUDIES Commentary: It is wrong to deemphasize Islam in the state’s new social studies standards. Knoxville News Sentinel 

SAVING TIME Commentary: A Knoxville-area teacher praises changes the Tennessee Department of Education has made to shorten end-of-year tests. Knoxville News Sentinel