Rise & Shine: Emails reveal months of missteps leading up to Tennessee’s disastrous online testing debut

MISSTEPS IGNORED Emails reveal Tennessee education officials allowed students and teachers to go ahead with a new online testing system that had failed repeatedly in classrooms across the state. Chalkbeat

CHARTER SCHOOL STRATEGY As Shelby County school board reviews charter applications, its strategy on approving or denying them in the district is evolving. Memphis Daily News, Chalkbeat

HEDGING A BET Germantown in Shelby County approves some extra cash in its budget for the coming year to begin design work for a new school in case the district can’t buy two Shelby County Schools buildings that weren’t for sale. The Commercial Appeal

KINGLY VISIT U.S. Secretary of Education John King will be in Nashville today as part of a National Alliance for Public Charter Schools event. The Associated Press

SUMMER JOB FOR CHAUNCEY A Memphis teen’s chance encounter with a stranger at a grocery store leads to internet fame and plenty of money to start a lawn mowing business to support his grandmother and even buy her a house. The Commercial Appeal

SCHOOL MAINTENANCE The Jackson-Madison County School System weighs which renovation projects to pursue amidst a tight capital improvement budget. The Jackson Sun

TREE TRAIL At a school trip host site, a new Sequatchie County ‘arboretum trail’ showcases local and foreign tree life. Chattanooga Times Free Press

ESSA COMMENTARY Despite raising standards and remarkable gains in graduation rates, Tennessee continues to leave too many students behind. Leaders of the Tennessee Educational Equity Coalition urge U.S. Secretary of Education John King to address the state’s accountability measures during Nashville visit today. The Tennessean