Rise & Shine: Fired testing company seeks $25 million-plus for work on TNReady

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Tennessee officials won’t talk about the state’s ongoing dispute with the testing company it fired last year, but the company’s president is. Henry Scherich says Tennessee owes Measurement Inc. more than $25 million for services associated with the state's TNReady test. In a Chalkbeat exclusive, Scherich speaks out about his company's claim against the state. Our piece also includes a copy of that claim, as well as the state's letter terminating its contracts with Measurement Inc.

—Marta W. Aldrich, bureau chief

PAYMENT DISPUTE  Measurement Inc.’s president says Tennessee owes his company more than $25 million for services associated with developing TNReady before its contract was canceled by the state. Chalkbeat, Nashville Public Radio

PUSHING BACK  School board members in Memphis work on their legislative agenda, including a proposal to let parents and teachers vote to return control of underperforming state-run schools to Shelby County Schools. Chalkbeat

ASD TRANSITION  Two state-run schools sharing a building in Memphis will now share a principal, too. Chalkbeat

A THIRD WAY  Collierville’s school board considers a third redistricting plan that gives middle schoolers the option to stay at their current school. The Commercial Appeal

STEPPING ASIDE  A long-time Chattanooga lawmaker who has fought unsuccessfully to equip Tennessee school buses with seatbelts says she won’t seek re-election next year. Times Free Press

LEVELING THE PLAYING FIELD  A Chattanooga education advocacy group prepares to analyze community input on how to address inequities within Hamilton County’s public schools. Times Free Press

SOCIAL MEDIA LITERACY  Knox County Schools expands online safety training for its students. WATE

FUNDING GROWTH  Williamson County voters will decide early next year whether to raise the local sales tax by half a cent to help fund their growing school district. Nashville Public Radio, The Tennessean, Williamson Herald

WISH LIST  The superintendent of Coffee County Schools asks for $25 million to fund improvements. The Manchester Times

ENROLLMENT GROWTH  Maryville’s district hires an architectural firm to study building capacity needs for its older grades. The  Daily Times

DRESS CODE  Under a newly approved policy, students in Sevier County can now wear leggings, sleeveless tops, and clothing with tears, rips or frays. WBIR

LET THERE BE LIGHT  Franklin County’s board looks into installing LED lighting at most of its schools. Winchester Herald Chronicle

NAMING AND BRANDING  Kingsport launches a website survey to help evaluate plans for two middle schools. WCYB

EXTRA CREDIT: Defining Tennessee education

From “blended learning” to “maintenance of effort” to “IEPs”, here’s a glossary of definitions just for you, compliments of the state comptroller’s Office of Research and Education Accountability, also known as OREA. The state’s latest glossary of education terms includes more than 30 new entries and 50 updates. And if you want to dig deep into Tennessee’s structure of public education, check out OREA’s website. It’s an excellent resource.