TN RESET After a rocky year of standardized testing, Tennessee is starting fresh with  a contract worth approximately $150 million with Questar, a large-scale test maker that will begin administering the state’s assessments for grades 3-11 in the upcoming school year. Chalkbeat, Chattanooga Times Free Press, The Commercial Appeal

REGIONAL PLAYER Sen. Reginald Tate of Memphis is tapped to lead the legislative advisory council that works with Southern states to improve public education from pre-K through college. Chalkbeat 

TRASH TALK The debate over the placement of a landfill near Whitney Elementary takes center state in Frayser. Local Memphis

STARTING SIMPLE  Shawn Joseph says he’s starting off his tenure focusing on the basics rather than wading into politically charged education debates. Nashville Public Radio 

TRANSITION TEAM Nashville’s new superintendent Shawn Joseph names 47 education leaders from across the country who will aid in his transition into his new position. The Tennessean

LIGHT BULBS An East Tennessee district aims to save big bucks by switching out their light bulbs and making other changes in the name of energy efficiency. WYCB

CHANGES How Hillary Clinton is changing the Democratic party’s relationship with teachers and the school-reform movement. Slate