Rise & Shine: Amended bill could add 13,000 students to Tennessee’s first foray into vouchers

CHANGEUP A bill that originally had nothing to do with school vouchers now has the potential to reallocate tens of thousands of public dollars to private services for students with disabilities. Chalkbeat

GET MOVING Tennessee lawmakers consider requiring P.E. twice a week in elementary schools. Chalkbeat

SCHOOL CLOSURES Metro Nashville is considering closing two schools ahead of schedule. Both are traditional public schools being phased out by charters, one through the Achievement School District, the other through the local school district. The Tennessean

DEMERGER A committee looks into the financial impact on Hamilton County Schools if Signal Mountain, a wealthier, whiter suburb of Chattanooga, secedes from the school district.  Times Free Press

ESSA Tennessee submits its plan to federal authorities to replace the No Child Left Behind accountability system, with a special focus on student growth. Nashville Public Radio, Chalkbeat

NEW SCHOOLS The soon-to-be superintendent of Knox County Schools is willing to open new inner-city schools. The local NAACP has argued that the school system has only built new facilities in predominantly white neighborhoods, and filed complaint with the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights accordingly.  Knoxville News Sentinel

SCHOOL BUS SAFETY A measure that would require Tennessee school buses to have seatbelts moves forward after weeks of discussion in the state legislature. Nashville Public Radio

CHARTERS Despite receiving two letters of intent, Knox County Schools does not receive any applications from potential charter schools this year. Knoxville News Sentinel 

CAMPAIGN Gubernatorial candidate and South Knoxville native Randy Boyd donates $223,000 to his high school alma mater for a new high-tech, digital-focused library. Knoxville News Sentinel

VOUCHER WATCH Arizona’s school voucher program has expanded rapidly in the past year. And the students using taxpayer aid to transfer from public to private schools aren’t from high-poverty districts. Arizona Republic

EQUALITY Activists calling for economic and social equality pray and march in Memphis on the 49th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. The Associated Press