STARTING EARLY State officials hope a new second-grade assessment, which is optional for districts, will provide valuable data to both second- and third-grade teachers. Chalkbeat

CHARTER CHATTER Memphis has more charter schools than any other Tennessee city, and now 14 groups are vying to add to the growing sector through Shelby County Schools. Chalkbeat

NEW STATE MODEL Instead of taking over Hamilton County’s five iZone schools, Education Commissioner Candice McQueen proposes collaboration in the state’s first “partnership district.” Times Free Press

DREAMERS DEFERRED Undocumented students show up at the Capitol wearing graduation robes and hand lawmakers paper tombstones, representing their dreams for future careers after a bill dies that would give them in-state college tuition. The Associated Press

BUS SAFETY Without debate, state senators send Gov. Bill Haslam’s own legislation to his desk that would create more oversight and training for school transportation officials and bus drivers. The Jackson Sun

FAITH COALITION Frustrated by what they called “baby steps” toward solving social problems in Knox County’s schools and jails, hundreds of people filled a church sanctuary to demand broader action by local leaders. Knoxville News Sentinel

SCHOOL DISCIPLINE Kingsport City Schools seeks to expand restorative justice as an alternate to suspensions across the district after a successful pilot. Kingsport Times-News

FOREIGN LANGUAGE A Knox County high school becomes the first in the school district to offer Arabic. Knoxville News Sentinel