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Rise & Shine: Next week will prove if Tennessee is ready for TNReady. Here’s how state testing is going so far.

Good morning,

Following three consecutive years of testing problems, Tennessee is trying again. So far, students have taken about 43,000 state exams online this week.

State education officials say everything is going smoothly so far, but next week will be the real test. Read more in our lead story.

Also, the Senate Education Committee voted yesterday to advance Gov. Bill Lee’s proposal to create education savings accounts – sticking with language in the legislation that would check families’ immigration status to participate, even though doing so could land the state in court.

Get to reading,

-Caroline Bauman, community editor

TNREADY TIME There is a lot riding on this year’s Tennessee exams going smoothly. Chalkbeat

CONSTITUTIONALITY Tennessee’s voucher proposal is open to a legal challenge for excluding undocumented students. Chalkbeat

MORE ESA NEWS “It’s not a real choice.” Hamilton County School Board offers alternatives to voucher bill. WTVC

NASHVILLE TRANSITION Who is Adrienne Battle? What to know about the new Metro Nashville Public Schools interim superintendent. The Tennessean

Nashville board member Will Pinkston revises his resignation date. Chalkbeat

SECOND TIME Chattooga County school board member resigns for second time in a month, saying his presence created animosity. Times Free Press

BIG PLANS The Knox County school board approves the strategic plan for 2019-2024, with goals set for increasing the reading proficiency among third-graders and increasing the graduation rate. Knoxville News Sentinel

BUS SERVICES Durham School Services, which has provided bus service to Hamilton County schools since 2013, is closing its local offices and laying off 314 workers in June. Times Free Press

FAST EXIT Former Washington County School leader resigns from Mississippi job after a year. The Associated Press

MONEY MATTERS East Tennessee high school students learn financial literacy. WATE