DISCIPLINE DOWNLOAD  Half of suspensions across Tennessee in 2014-15 were handed out in just 8 percent of schools, many of which serve black students in Memphis, according to the most recent state data. Chalkbeat

CHANGING THE CULTURE ON DISCIPLINE  Here’s why Memphis hopes principals stop worrying about sagging pants and start welcoming students warmly. Chalkbeat

CHARTER WITHDRAWAL  Leaders of Tennessee’s Achievement School District are giving parents and teachers notice that two Memphis charter schools are in limbo with the exit next spring of Gestalt Community Schools as their operator. Chalkbeat

SCHOOL REDESIGN  Plans to transform Memphis East High School into a STEM school, including a focus on transportation, are advancing as Shelby County Schools seeks to feed employees to the city’s booming distribution industry — and save one of its most iconic schools. Chalkbeat

CHARTER AUTHORIZATION  Leaders of Shelby County Schools discuss overseeing the Green Dot charter school that the district rejected this summer. The Commercial Appeal

SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT GRANTS  The federal government awards $8.6 million to Tennessee for its academically lowest-performing schools. The Tennessean

CHARTER GROWTH … OR NOT  Nashville school board member Will Pinkston resurrects discussions about a moratorium on charter school expansion. The Tennessean

MORNING BELL  Nashville’s school board asks staff to look into changing start times for the district’s high schools. The Tennessean

SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH  Hamilton County’s school board prepares to select a search firm to help find the school system’s next leader. Chattanooga Times Free Press

INVENTION INVESTMENT  Students at STEM School Chattanooga are awarded $10,000 to invent a detector for bicyclists who are riding in protected bike lanes. Chattanooga Times Free Press

GIRLS DO MATH  Former astronaut Rhea Seddon encourages more than 300 girls to expand their horizons in math and science during a conference at Middle Tennessee State University. Daily News Journal

PUBLIC ART  Thirty murals depicting Nashville landmarks are unveiled, showing off the artistic work of about 75 Hillsboro High School students. WKRN-TV, WSMV-TV

LIVE SUGAR FREE  A Kingsport initiative to make the city healthier distributes thousands of reusable water bottles to students, with plans to establish a refilling station at each local school. Kingsport Times-News

WORK-BASED LEARNING  Maury County students visit Columbia-area businesses to learn what it means to be a successful employee. The Daily News

BANKING BUSINESS  A credit union celebrates the grand opening of a new location in the bookstore at Spring Hill High School in Maury County. The Daily News