REGROUP Money and enrollment were the biggest factors in the Achievement School District cutting 29 jobs, says Education Commissioner Candice McQueen. The Commercial Appeal, Chalkbeat

BY THE NUMBERS  Teach for America says its application numbers jumped by a significant number this year, reversing a three-year trend of declining interest in the program. Chalkbeat

LET’S GET TOGETHER Shelby County commissioners meet with Shelby County Schools officials to talk about anticipated revenue and new school initiatives. WMC-TV, Memphis Daily News

BUS CRASH A grandmother files the 14th lawsuit on behalf of her severely injured granddaughter following a deadly Chattanooga bus crash in November. Times Free Press

IT TAKES A VILLAGE Gov. Bill Haslam visits a Maryville school to highlight the importance of community partners in student achievement. The Daily Times

TNPROMISE Community college graduations across the state are the first with Tennessee Promise graduates, a free tuition program. The Daily Herald, The Tennessean

SCHOOL SAFETY Maury County Public Schools revises its investigative procedure for complaints against employees and seeks to partners with organizations to keep students safe from sexual abuse following kidnapping of student. The Daily Herald, WSMV-TV

BUDGET WOES The Hawkins County Board of Education faces a budget deficit in the school system’s proposed spending plan despite layoffs. Kingsport Times-News

FIRST PERSON Parent: My neighbors told the New York Times that going to our local school is ‘malpractice.’ We picked it anyway. Chalkbeat