Rise & Shine: Tennessee lawmakers to take a closer look at school closures

UNDER STUDY The Tennessee House education committees will review the impact of school closures on communities in summer study after Rep. Joe Towns asks them to consider halting school closures altogether. Chalkbeat

HEAD IN THE GAME Shelby County Schools kicks off its hiring season by treating teacher candidates to dinner and a free game between the Memphis Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks. Chalkbeat

FIERY REMARKS Rep. John DeBerry delivers a fiery speech, saying public schools are filled with “immoral” students whose parents “can care less” about their education. Chalkbeat

STUDENT BASED Shelby County Schools finalizes changes to the way it allocates money to schools. The Commercial Appeal

READ TO BE READY Tennessee Commissioner of Education Candice McQueen visits Jefferson Elementary School in Jefferson City for an inside look at reading classes. The Standard Banner

TNREADY McQueen told Jefferson City educators that TNReady will go more smoothly this year. WBIR

 WASHED OUT A bill that would exempt Tennessee school systems from paying local government stormwater runoff fees fizzles. Chattanooga Times Free Press
COMMUNICATION Nashville board members ask for clarification around how employees should communicate concerns to them. The Tennessean

BILLS Two Haslam-backed education bills — one dealing with school buses and one dealing with school accountability — pass out of House education committees. The Tennessean

DEVOS Chalkbeat is keeping track of the K-12 initiatives that get a public seal of approval from U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. Chalkbeat