BEYOND HIGH SCHOOL  More Tennessee ninth-graders are graduating from high school in four years, but not enough are furthering their education to be ready for today’s jobs, say state officials who released a report with recommendations.  Chalkbeat

YOUR DAILY DEVOS  Betsy DeVos is expected to be confirmed next week, but senators have been flooded with calls, emails and letters against her. That and other stories in today’s national roundup. Chalkbeat

GETTING WIRED  Gov. Bill Haslam wants to speed internet service to rural Tennessee to get schools, businesses and others out of the slow lane.  Nashville Public Radio, The Associated Press, The Tennessean, Times Free Press

ESSA PLAN  Tennessee’s plan for its lowest-performing schools and students under a new federal education law dominates feedback received by the Tennessee State Board of Education. The Tennessean, WSMV-TV

CHARTER SCHOOL  LEAD Academy High School will continue to operate in Metro Nashville Public Schools following a school board vote to renew the charter network’s contract.   The Tennessean

SUPERINTENDENT’S CONTRACT  Rutherford County Schools Director Don Odom will be on the job through mid-2018 under a contract extension with the school board.  Daily News Journal

ENROLLMENT STRATEGY  Hamilton County’s smallest school creates two STEAM labs as part of its curriculum strategy to boost enrollment. Times Free Press

STEAM CONTEST  A team of McNairy County middle school students win $25,000 worth of technology for their West Tennessee school as state winners of the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. The Jackson Sun

COLLEGE BOUND  The chancellor of the University of Tennessee-Martin visits Dyer County High School to greet 60 seniors who have been admitted to the college. Dyersburg State Gazette

GROWING AND SHRINKING  The Athens City School Board explores how to increase its membership from five people to six — and how to decrease the district’s number of schools from five to two or three. The Daily Post-Athenian

ZIKA VIRUS  Mechatronics students at a Maury County high school work to develop an automatized method of combating the Zika virus. Columbia Daily Herald

YES ON DEVOS  Opinion: Betsy DeVos has demonstrated dedication to education and children, writes Dwight Montgomery, president of the Memphis chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. The Commercial Appeal

NO ON DEVOS  Opinion: Betsy DeVos is unqualified to be education chief, writes Carl Schneider, an Achievement Schools educator in Memphis.  The Commercial Appeal

EDUCATION BUZZWORDS  Here are 10 concepts that gained a lot of traction under President Obama. Will the vocabulary continue under President Trump?  The Atlantic