If you’re a teacher in Shelby County Schools, you're probably unsure whether Superintendent Dorsey Hopson's proposed raise applies to you. Check out our explainer.
Also, today opens the three-week window for state standardized tests across Tennessee. Read our TNReady preview for the latest details on the transition to online testing.
—Marta W. Aldrich
TEACHER RAISES Here’s who would get a raise, how much, and why from the $7 million set aside for teacher raises under Superintendent Dorsey Hopson’s proposed budget for Shelby County Schools. Chalkbeat
CONTRITE COMMENTS Speaking to a teachers union event in Memphis, Education Commissioner Candice McQueen apologizes for the state’s unrealistic goals for its Achievement School District. The Commercial Appeal, WMC
ACADEMIC PLAN The Memphis school board will vote tomorrow on a new academic plan for Shelby County Schools, which Chief of Schools Sharon Griffin says will include monthly updates. The Commercial Appeal, Chalkbeat
HOW I TEACH Why this Memphis history teacher seeks to create a “calming slice of Africa” in his classroom. Chalkbeat
STUDENT VOICES Memphis-area students and administrators iron out the details of this Thursday’s planned school walkout to call for tougher gun laws and safer schools. Local Memphis
Williamson County students plan a town hall this Friday on school safety and gun control reform. The Tennessean
Nashville high school singers create a tribute song with a school choir from Charlottesville, Virginia, to honor people recovering from the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. WSMV, WKRN
PLANTING SEEDS Shelby County fourth- and fifth-graders tour the University of Memphis to get a taste of college life. WMC, Fox13
SPANKING BILL The Tennessee Senate is scheduled today to vote on a bill that would ban the spanking of disabled children at public schools. The Associated Press
WATER FOUNTAINS Metro Nashville makes changes aimed at improving drinking water at schools following reports of higher-than-normal lead levels. WZTZ
TNREADY OPTIMISM In-house data in Nashville schools points to a reason for optimism ahead of TNReady testing season. The Tennessean
TNREADY CUISINE Blount County Schools offers students and their families free meals for dinner during TNReady testing weeks. The Daily Times
BUDGET SEASON Nashville’s school board shoots down a budget proposal that would have restricted raises to people making less than $125,000 in order to hire more social workers. The Tennessean
In his first proposed budget, Hamilton County Superintendent Bryan Johnson wants to raise teacher pay, invest in technology, and hire more counselors and teachers for art and ESL. Times Free Press
OUTGOING PRINCIPALS Ten Hamilton County principals, including one who is the county’s longest-tenured principal and another who leads the county’s largest school, will retire at the end of this school year. WRCB
MIDDLE SCHOOL REBOOT Hamilton County officials hope to add social and emotional supports, art classes, and better career preparation at the middle school level. Times Free Press
EDUCATION EQUITY Here’s a look at how Hamilton County school and community leaders are seeking to address inequities in Chattanooga-area schools. Times Free Press
VALEDICTORIAN FLAP Grundy County’s school board chooses 11 students to be valedictorians after a controversy erupts over the person who was initially picked. WDEF
AUDIT REVIEW Maury County’s school board holds a special called meeting to review the state comptroller’s scathing audit of the district. Columbia Daily Herald
BUILDING FOR GROWTH Murfreesboro’s mayor announces the site of the city’s next elementary school, scheduled to open in the summer of 2019. Daily News Journal
READING DILEMMA Why American students haven’t gotten better at reading in 20 years The Atlantic
TECH TALK How advocates of “personalized learning” are honing their message Chalkbeat
ASD COPYCAT Opinion: A promising school innovation in North Carolina has turned slimy, says the editorial board of The Charlotte Observer
PHOTO: Bruce Elementary School
Students at Bruce Elementary School hold a pep rally in Memphis to say they’re ready for TNReady testing.
Visit here to see a video of another TNReady pep rally at Georgian Hills and Frayser achievement schools in Memphis.