TESTING, TESTING American 15-year-olds performed better in reading and science than most students around the world, but lagged behind in math, according to the latest results of an oft-cited international exam. Chalkbeat
OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL How the Carpenter Art Garden built a haven for Memphis youth in Binghampton. The Commercial Appeal
LACK OF RESOURCES Hands-on science experiments are often out of reach for Nashville’s neediest school kids. The Tennessean
GOV NEWS Gov. Bill Lee issues an executive order transferring the Tennessee Early Intervention System to the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. It’s a voluntary educational program for infants and toddlers with disabilities that supports families through child development resources. WZTV
LEAD In Memphis and other cities with high percentages of poor people, lead poisoning is part of a housing crisis with dire implications for health, according to a team at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. The Daily Memphian
PUSHING LITERACY This East Tennessee student overcame their reading disability and created books to help other kids learn to read. WBIR
PUBLIC SERVICE A Tennessee superintendent is about to be deployed for his third mission in the Middle East. ABC 8News
INQUIRY Child care funds have been misspent and unspent. Lawmakers want to know why. The Jackson Sun (for subscribers)
LOCAL LEADER For two years, Jessica Woody walked through the doors of a Germantown elementary school each day as a young student. Soon, she will return as principal. The Daily Memphian
RURAL EDUCATION Tennessee is mentioned 13 times in a new report on the state of the nation’s rural schools, and that’s not good. WDOT Radio
ARTS ED David Meade, who is better known to his Hawkins art students as “Dr. Art,” has been elected president of the Tennessee Art Education Association. Kingsport Times-News
Today: Shelby County Schools’ Operation Warm Hearts will take place today from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. in front of the Board of Education. The district is collecting new coats and outerwear to support students in need this winter. Having adequate winter clothing can be the difference in a child coming to school or not.
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