VOUCHER DEBATE Tennessee’s Republican lawmakers often push for local control — but many appear to feel differently when it comes to school vouchers. Chalkbeat

BUILDING BETTER SCHOOLS Just a year after deciding that every school should get a single letter grade, Tennessee lawmakers are poised to take it back. Chalkbeat

PLAY TIME Tennessee teachers will have more flexibility over their students’ recess time under a bill that Gov. Bill Haslam is expected to sign into law. Chalkbeat

FATHER OF TVAAS William Sanders, the Tennessee statistician and researcher who came up with the nation’s first system for evaluating teachers based on student growth, kicking off a contentious, decades-long debate about how best to measure learning, has died. Chalkbeat

LONG HAUL Memphis school leaders are switching from crisis mode to long-term planning. Memphis Daily News

AT LAST A Knox County Schools assistant superintendent will take the helm after months of searching for a permanent replacement. Knoxville News Sentinel

BUCKLE UP Legislation requiring seat belts on school buses could cost Tennessee $58.7 million. Times Free Press

LEADER SHAKEUP The Walker County school board declines to renew a principal’s contract, sparking a student protest, a packed public meeting and confusion among employees. Times Free Press

INTERVIEW An assistant director at Putnam County Schools seeking the superintendent post in Jackson tells community members professional expectations start in central office. The Jackson Sun

SQUEEZE IN Overcrowding in schools takes center stage at a Rutherford County meeting. The Daily News Journal