CHARTER SCHOOLS  While most schools under the Achievement School District are run by charter networks based out of state, some local operators have been part of the mix too — a pool that the state-run district wants to expand in its turnaround work in Memphis and Nashville. Chalkbeat

TURF BATTLES  ASD Superintendent Malika Anderson says Shelby County Schools’ refusal to provide student contact information has hampered recruitment of students to the state-run turnaround schools this fall in Memphis. The Commercial Appeal, Chalkbeat

TEACH PLUS  After seven years in Memphis, a national nonprofit group that trains teachers how to impact legislation and policy is pulling its fellowship program. Chalkbeat

ENGINEERING DAY  From car races to egg drops, science comes to life for 3,000 middle and high school students competing at the University of Memphis. WMC-TV

TEACHER PAY  Teachers starting their careers in Knox County make less than those in the state’s other three metro areas, falling behind entry-level pay in Memphis and Nashville by about $5,000 annually and Chattanooga by $320. Knoxville News SentinelSidebar

TEACHER RECRUITER  In a push to attract and hire more top teachers, Knox County Schools plans to revamp its website, improve the candidate screening process, and hire a recruiter who will work with area colleges to build relationships with their best students. Knoxville News Sentinel, The Associated Press

TOP TEACHER  The nation’s Teacher of the Year, from Connecticut, speaks in Chattanooga about the importance of education equity and opportunity. Chattanooga Times Free Press

SUPERINTENDENT CONTRACT  Wilson County’s school board is scheduled to consider a contract extension for Schools Director Donna Wright. The Tennessean

SCIENCE SPACE  Kingsport’s school board approves payment for design work for the new Regional Science and Technology Center at Dobyns-Bennett High School. Kingsport Times-News

SCHOOL BOARD MEETINGS  School board members for Kingsport City Schools also consider changing policy to prohibit the taking of photos and videos during meetings. Kingsport Times-News

BATHROOM CAMERA  The director of Decatur County Schools apologizes for authorizing placement of a security camera in a high school boys’ bathroom in an effort to end vandalism. WSMV-TV

HEART HEALTH  The Kiwanis Club of Jackson closes in on its goal of placing an automated external defibrillator in every school in the Jackson-Madison County School System. The Jackson Sun, Video

NEW SCHOOL  Washington County’s school board approves a 56-acre footprint for a new K-8 school. Johnson City Press

SCHOOL SAFETY  A Williamson County elementary school resource officer pens a children’s book about school safety. The Tennessean     

EMERGENCY TRAINING  A Columbia elementary school provides the backdrop for emergency training exercises for Maury County law enforcement, first responders and emergency personnel.  The Daily Herald

COLLEGE TOURS  This week, every Hawkins County seventh-grader visits a local community college or technical college to learn about career options and academic paths to get there. Kingsport Times-News

RETHINKING COLLEGE  Speaking about the evolving job market, a nationally recognized higher education expert tells families and administrators in Nashville that a college diploma is no longer a “golden ticket.” The Tennessean

DOING MORE WITH LESS  A new study of Census and state budget data finds a majority of states spend less on their schools now than they did in 2008. NPRed