ESSA PLAN Under a plan submitted to the U.S. Department of Education, Tennessee will delay its next “priority school” list by one year, while creating a new office to oversee low-performing schools and clarifying the role of its ASD. Chalkbeat, The Tennessean

STEM DEFERRED The dean of a proposed STEM charter school, which would be the first of its kind in Johnson City, declines to submit an application this year. Johnson City Press

LAST DETAILS Knox County’s new superintendent will make $200,000 annually if the school board votes to approve his contract. Knoxville News Sentinel

LEADER LOVE City and school leaders praise Eric Jones, the new superintendent of Jackson-Madison County Schools. The Jackson Sun

NUMBER CRUNCHING Signal Mountain committee borrows a page out of a Memphis suburb preliminary budget to say the community would save $1.8 million if they break off Hamilton County Schools. Times Free Press

ANALYSIS Republicans in Tennessee are creating unusual momentum to offer in-state college tuition rates to students whose parents brought them into the country illegally by packaging the bill as an economic driver. The Associated Press, Chalkbeat

SHOW MUST GO ON A Memphis high school band is trying to make-do and raise money after nearly a dozen instruments were stolen. WMC-TV

BUDGET DONE Blount County school board approves a $92.2 million budget that would cut 15 teaching positions. The Daily Times

OPINION A vice principal at Memphis Catholic High School makes a case for private school vouchers. The Commercial Appeal