TALE OF TWO BILLS Two school tuition voucher bills are poised to make their way through the Tennessee legislature this year, the key difference being that one applies only to Memphis. Chalkbeat, The Tennessean, The Associated Press

NEXT STEPS Superintendent Dorsey Hopson just backed away from closing one failing Memphis school. Here are three things to know. Chalkbeat

GETTING SCHOOLED A former teacher, Rep. Roger Kane has experience assigning homework. But this year marks the first time he’s assigned it to his fellow Tennessee lawmakers. Chalkbeat

DIVIDED ON DEVOS Betsy DeVos’s nomination for education secretary may be in jeopardy, after two Republican senators said Wednesday they would vote against her. Chalkbeat

TNREADY SCORES The Tennessee Department of Education is again proposing for teachers statewide to have the flexibility in choosing how TNReady growth scores impact their evaluation. The Tennessean

SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH Knox County school board members add the district’s interim chief academic officer to its short list of superintendent candidates. Knoxville News Sentinel

SAFETY FIRST Gov. Bill Haslam and Rep. JoAnne Favors have dueling approaches to address safety concerns following the Nov. 21 crash of a school bus in Chattanooga in which six Woodmore Elementary School students died. Chattanooga Times Free Press

Tennessee Highway Patrol and Hamilton County will partner together on bus safety. WTVC-TV

LAWSUIT Hamilton County Schools continues to argue it should not be held liable for the reported sexual assaults of freshmen on the Ooltewah High School basketball team. Chattanooga Times Free Press

NEVADA ASD HALT The decision to postpone the conversion of a handful of public schools into charters this year has cast a cloud over one of Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval’s key education programs, but you won’t find school district officials complaining. Las Vegas Sun