VOICES AND CHOICES Leaders of Tennessee’s largest school district kicks off a series of community meetings by emphasizing the goal of getting input from Memphians on what makes a great school. But another goal that was unstated quickly became apparent: preparing Memphians for inevitable changes that will come as Shelby County Schools restructures itself to make the best use of shrinking resources. Chalkbeat, WREG-TV

CAREER AND TECHNICAL Bartlett schools officials hope new medical device machines will propel students into careers. The Commercial Appeal

AWARDS STEM Preparatory Academy becomes Nashville Education Foundation’s first-ever $10,000 award for inspiring innovation. The Tennessean, Chalkbeat

GRADUATION RATES The high school graduation rate in the U.S. reaches an all-time high of 83 percent in the 2014-2015 school year, President Obama announced today, marking the fifth straight record-setting year. Memphis Public Radio

EARLY LITERACY Greene County Schools system and Niswonger Foundation introduce the Literacy Initiative Focused on Effectiveness, or L.I.F.E., program to the community through family night activities. The Greenville Sun

OPINION Metro Nashville Director of Schools Shawn Joseph’s “honeymoon period” is over. The Tennessean