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Rise & Shine: Here are the standardized tests Tennessee students will take this year

TESTING SEASON Schools will administer 14 state-mandated tests this year, with testing windows spanning every month. Chalkbeat

NEWCOMER The former leader of a high-achieving charter school network in Indianapolis is the new CEO of a philanthropically funded initiative in Memphis known as Teacher Town. Chalkbeat

SHOWING UP Chronic absenteeism is the focus of a new attendance campaign kicked off Thursday with the help of the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies in partnership with Shelby County Schools and Seeding Success. Chalkbeat, The Commercial Appeal

LAUNDRY Three Nashville schools will soon provide laundry to their students. The Tennessean

TESTING TESTING Metro Nashville Superintendent Shawn Joseph administers a survey to determine which district standardized tests can be cut. The Tennessean

SCS TRIAL Though the trial of the case of two security guards alleging reverse discrimination against Shelby County Schools is over, a verdict may not come for months. The Commercial Appeal

DIGITAL DIVIDE U.S. Secretary of Education John King will stop in Bristol, TN to highlight Bristol City Schools’ and President Obama’s work in educational technology. U.S. News & World Report

SWIPER NO SWIPING A former Knox County Schools supervisor pleads guilty to stealing more than $10,000 from the district. The Associated Press

CHRONIC ABSENTEEISM “We have a chronic absenteeism problem in Tennessee,” Education commissioner Candice McQueen told a Memphis Rotary Club luncheon. WMC Action News 5

BLAST FROM THE PAST The first woman to run for mayor of Nashville did so because she wanted to smooth the school desegregation process. Nashville Public Radio

PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR The Department of Education announces the principal of the year finalists. WGNS

SEGREGATION Want a deeper understanding of racial segregation in schools? Our colleagues at Chalkbeat Indiana made a reading list. Chalkbeat

LITERACY Eight Memphis-area nonprofits receive grants to boost literacy from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. WMC Action News 5

FIRST PERSON How the inspiring principal made famous on Humans of New York fixed a mentorship program that wasn’t working. Chalkbeat 

CURSIVE Commentary: Nine states, including Tennessee, have mandated schools teach cursive — but is it really such a big deal? The New York Times