TESTING TIME The time students spend on end-of-year tests has doubled since 2012. Chalkbeat

VALEDICTORIAN BONUS For the third year in a row, valedictorians and salutatorians at each of Shelby County’s non-charter high schools received checks for $1,500 and $1,000 respectively. Chalkbeat

TURNAROUND Betsy DeVos called Obama’s school turnaround program a failure, but new research shows it worked — in a few places. Chalkbeat

A SPECIAL VISIT Civil rights activist Jesse Jackson visits Memphis’s Whitehaven High School to announce a partnership focused on engineering between his social justice coalition and the school.  The Commercial Appeal

GREAT OUTDOORS Students from Overton High School explore the great outdoors with a teacher who hopes it will instill a lifelong passion for nature. The Commercial Appeal

SAFETY Despite a teacher’s statutory rape conviction, the State Board of Education is forced to renew his license. The Tennessean

TEACHER PAY A handful of Metro Nashville teachers, support staff and parents make an impassioned plea for the district to fully fund employee pay raises. The Tennessean

AWARD WINNING The Grammy Museum hosts career days at Memphis’s Overton and Fairly High Schools to get students excited about music. Local Memphis

BLOCK GRANT The Tennessee House approves a K-12 block grant proposal, although, because the Senate version is sidelined, the proposal can’t pass until next year. The Associated Press, Chalkbeat

FUNDING The mayor of Hamilton County says its schools need more funding. Chattanooga Times Free Press 

DANCE PARTY Alcoa police officers dance at a middle school to show a positive way to relieve stress.The (Maryville) Daily Times