Rise & Shine: Memphis early education giant merges with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library affiliate

NEW CHAPTER  In an effort to bolster early literacy in Memphis, the city’s leading provider of early childhood education for poor children adds home book delivery to its services. Chalkbeat, Memphis Daily News

McQUEEN ON ESSA  Tennessee’s education commissioner is to testify this morning before a U.S. Senate panel about the state’s new plan for holding schools accountable under the Every Student Succeeds Act. Times Free Press

KUDO  The school board for Tennessee’s largest district receives a national award for its oversight of public education for schoolchildren in Memphis. Chalkbeat

MLK50  As the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination nears, Memphis students reenact a famous scene from 1968. Chalkbeat

HALEY FARM  A civil rights camp in East Tennessee teaches kids a history they’re not learning in school. The Hechinger Report

SOCIAL MEDIA  The practice called “exposing” in Nashville schools raises concerns for educators and counselors. The Tennessean

THERE’S AN APP FOR THAT  Wilson County school bus drivers are getting a new tool to help them handle discipline problems. The Tennessean

TERMINATION LAWSUIT  The former health director of Coffee County Schools files a wrongful termination lawsuit, claiming she was disciplined for speaking with an elected official. The Manchester Times