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ONLINE TESTING  One year after Tennessee’s first attempt at online testing fizzled, almost a fifth of Tennessee school districts sign up to try again. Chalkbeat

SECRETARY DEVOS  The nation’s new secretary of education offers her ideas on why teachers struggle. Chalkbeat

NEW HIRE  Shelby County Schools hires a corporate executive in Memphis to oversee its business operations. Chalkbeat

VOUCHERS A bill that would create vouchers for students to use public money to attend private schools could divert upwards of $18 million from Shelby County Schools. The Commercial Appeal

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS  Memphis City Council members are expected to add $1.5 million to next year’s budget as part of the city’s 2015 settlement with Shelby County Schools to fund capital improvements for several schools. Memphis Business Journal

MORE CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS  Hamilton County’s school board sends the county commission a list of three schools that are most in need of repairs and construction, totaling $144 million. Chattanooga Times Free Press

A-F RANKINGS  A state bill proposes a significant change to a new school accountability system. The Tennessean

ARREST LAWSUIT  A lawsuit is filed by the parents of three elementary school children arrested last year in Murfreesboro following a videotaped bullying incident and fight. Daily News Journal, WKRN-TV

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS  The Tennessee Department of Education clarifies its findings in a recent report that said one in three high school students graduated without meeting the state’s requirements. The Associated Press, Chalkbeat

SUMMER SCHOOL  Knox County halts its summer school programs for elementary and middle school students during a redesign. Knoxville News Sentinel

SUPERINTENDENT SEARCHES  Jackson-Madison County’s school board completes its first round of interviews with candidates seeking to lead the district. The Jackson Sun

The list of applicants to lead Robertson County Schools grows to 15 names. The Tennessean

SICK DAYS  Robertson County Schools shuts down through Tuesday due to widespread student and staff illnesses. The Tennessean

CHECK MATE  Chess clubs are cropping up at several Wilson County schools thanks to a few local retirees who want to use the game as a learning tool. The Tennessean

EBOOK APP  Greeneville City Schools partners with the local public library system to make more reading material accessible to students. The Greeneville Sun

HOLD THE PICKLES AND MAYO, PLEASE  A Kingsport high school principal renews the school’s ban of delivering outside commercially prepared food and beverages to students. Kingsport Times-News

D.C. BOUND  An Oak Ridge high school team is heading to the nation’s capital to compete in The National Science Bowl. Oak Ridge Today

ASD NEVADA In response to Nevada’s Achievement School District, the Clark County School District is seeking to better define its “Turnaround Zone,” which is similar to Shelby County Schools’ iZone. Las Vegas Review-Journal