Rise & Shine: Tennessee’s ESSA plan gets solid marks in independent review

ESSA FEEDBACK Tennessee’s proposed plan for school accountability rates strong on measuring academic progress, but weak on counting all kids, according to an independent review released today by two education groups. Chalkbeat

VOUCHERS Two big studies on statewide voucher programs in Indiana and Louisiana provide ammunition for both sides on the long-running debate. The U.S. Supreme Court also handed down a major decision regarding whether public funds can go to religious institutions. Chalkbeat

First study of Indiana’s voucher program — the country’s largest — finds it hurts kids’ math skills at first, but not over time. Chalkbeat, NPR

COUNTY FRICTION Shelby County commissioners punt approval of the county’s budget and separately vote to oppose ending federal oversight of Juvenile Court. The Commercial Appeal, Memphis Daily News

EXPANSION Germantown leaders approve a 21-cent tax increase in part for a new elementary school as the municipality’s deadline nears for offer on three Shelby County Schools buildings. Local Memphis

BENEFIT OF DOUBT Superintendent Dorsey Hopson says so far there’s no evidence grade tampering happening anywhere else but Trezevant High School. Local Memphis

CHARTER SCHOOLS Metro Nashville Public Schools’ initial denial of two additional charter schools under LEAD Public Schools based on priority status of ASD schools leads to its CEO questioning the process. The Tennessean, Nashville Public Radio

TRAUMA Student deaths are at a three-year high for Metro Nashville Public Schools. WKRN

FEDERAL CUTS Kingsport City Schools officials detail the professional development and services for English learners and poor students that will be cut under President Donald Trump’s budget. Kingsport Times-News

BUDGET BALANCE Williamson County Schools approves a budget that includes a raise for employees and a warning from Superintendent Mike Looney the board won’t be able to rely on reserve funds next year. The Daily Herald

GROWING Construction will move forward for a new elementary school in Brentwood. The Tennessean

HEALTHY SCHOOLS Metro Nashville Public Schools seeks input on plan to limit classroom celebrations that serve food and asks teachers not to use unhealthy snacks as a reward for good behavior. WSMV

OPINION Isolating disadvantaged students in segregated schools contributes to increase in crime, including in Memphis. The Commercial Appeal