CHALK TALK Read why writing poetry is more than cathartic to Kyla Lewis, a senior at a Memphis high school operated by the state-run Achievement School District. Chalkbeat

DOING THE MATH A group of Tennessee educators take on the task of creating grade-by-grade guides to help teachers tackle the state’s new math standards, which replace the Common Core State Standards. Chalkbeat

INSURANCE Shelby County Schools employees and retirees will have to wait another month to find out what their life insurance rates will be for next year, but it could mean they won’t have to pay as much or see a cut to the benefit. The Commercial Appeal

LAWSUIT Three Metro Nashville employees reprimanded amid a testing scandal sue the district in federal court saying they were retaliated against for speaking out. The Tennessean, WTVF-TV

MCQUEEN VISIT STEM Prep Academy’s Nashville Newcomer Academy has caught the attention of Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen. The Tennessean

OPEN MIC After a tumultuous year for education in Hamilton County, a community of teachers, administrators, legislators and stakeholders from every part of the county gather to do something hard — listen to one another. Chattanooga Times Free Press

COLLEGE BOUND Thirty specially trained college advisers are fanning out into high schools across Tennessee as part of the latest high-profile move by Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration to encourage more young people to pursue higher education. The Tennessean

A-Z SCHOOLS A Tri-Cities school system is urging the Tennessee General Assembly to repeal the assigning of letter grades to schools. WJHL-TV

NEW TECHNOLOGY Jackson-Madison County students explore virtual reality. The Jackson Sun

ANOTHER ASD? Opinion: Christiane Buggs and Will Pinkston, members of the Nashville school board, urge Georgia voters to reject the Opportunity School District, which is modeled after Tennessee’s Achievement School District. The Atlantic Journal-Constitution