Rise & Shine: Tennessee gets a C-minus for public education, and an F in school spending

MAKING THE GRADE Tennessee doesn’t spend enough on public schools, but it distributes what it does spend relatively fairly, according to Education Week’s Quality Counts report. Chalkbeat

ON PATROL Money from two federal grants will pay overtime to local law enforcement to patrol the neighborhoods surrounding Memphis schools. The Commercial Appeal

PRINCIPAL PRODIGY A student at Memphis’s Douglass High School pulls double duty by helping out as an assistant principal patrolling the hallways. WMCTV

CAREER READY The Tennessee Higher Education Commission is asking the state to pump more money into a $20 million grant program that partners employers with colleges and that more than 3,000 high school students have participated in. The Tennessean

PROPERTY Shelby County Schools has 11 schools on more than 250 acres of city-owned land. Memphis Business Journal

DELAYS High school students on a block schedule in Cumberland County will get their report cards late as officials wait to include scores from TNReady tests taken last semester. Crossville Chronicle

FIRES The Tennessee Department of Education will waive missed school days for districts who closed school this fall due to wildfires. WBIR

COPY CAT North Carolina already has 50 applicants to lead its state turnaround district, modeled and named after Tennessee’s Achievement School District. But the state isn’t sure whose job it is to make the pick. WRAL

NO-SNOW DAYS In a slideshow, The Tennessean answers why is school sometimes canceled when there’s nary a snowflake in sight.  The Tennessean

COMMON CORE Opinion: A former state lawmaker questions whether Tennessee’s new academic standards are “Common Core-lite.” The Oak Ridger

TENNIS Up to 500 Shelby County Schools students get the chance to go to Memphis’s pro tennis tournament. WBRC