CLOSING SCHOOLS  While Memphis school leaders say academics should be the main driver behind closing schools as they seek to “right-size” the district in the next five years, a Chalkbeat analysis shows shrinking student enrollment has been a primary factor in shuttering 20 since 2012, two thirds of which had been on the state’s list of lowest-performing schools. Chalkbeat

BIG PROMISES  A record number of high school seniors apply to the state’s tuition-free community college program, requiring a record number of volunteers to help those students achieve their goals. Chalkbeat, The Tennessean, Chattanooga Times Free Press, Nashville Public RadioWATE-TV

SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH  Hamilton County’s school board will vote on whether to hire interim superintendent Kirk Kelly as the district’s next leader. Chattanooga Times Free Press, The Chattanoogan

MOCK ELECTION  Donald Trump wins Tennessee’s first-ever student mock election. WTVF-TV, The ChattanooganDaily News Journal, Kingsport Times-NewsThe Greeneville Sun, Cleveland Daily BannerDyersburg State Gazette

NATIONAL BALLOT  Students across America vote in three separate national programs, and the winner is …  CNN, NBCNews

ELECTION COSTS  Big donations in Tennessee elections include $170,000 from the PAC of the Tennessee Education Association, the state’s largest teachers union. Chattanooga Times Free Press

TEST WAIVER  Knox County’s school board votes to ask the state for a one-year waiver to keep standardized test scores out of teacher evaluations and student scores. Knoxville News Sentinel

CHICKEN NUGGETS CAPER   Farragut High School leaders rescind a student’s one-day suspension for taking an extra chicken nugget in the lunch line. Knoxville News Sentinel

SCHOOL BULLYING  Tennessee ranks eighth worst in the nation for student bullying, according to a new study released by backgroundchecks.org. Chattanooga Times Free Press

YOUTH CONFERENCE  The founder of a renowned Connecticut school will be the main speaker for this week’s Youth Blast in Chattanooga, a free event to encourage young people to overcome obstacles and reach their potential. Chattanooga Times Free Press

DISTRICT ACCREDITATION  The Clarksville-Montgomery County School System gets good marks in its evaluation by the nonprofit AdvanceEd. The Leaf-Chronicle

TRANSPORTATION WOES  Montgomery County parents complain about busing problems as the district struggles to transport 26,000 students with too few drivers. The Leaf-Chronicle

GRADUATION RATES  Hawkins County celebrates the district’s 96 percent graduation rate, a 20 percent increase in 10 years. Kingsport Times-News

SOCCER DREAMS  A midtown Memphis business helps a Shelby County high school start a girls soccer team for mostly low-income girls. WMC-TV

ANOTHER ASD  The stage is set for Nevada’s new Achievement School District to convert a handful of public schools into privately run charters. The question is: Will those schools and communities be on board? Las Vegas Sun, Las Vegas Review-Journal

HOW A HAPPY SCHOOL CAN HELP STUDENTS SUCCEED  School climate is something educators and communities should prioritize, especially as a way to bridge the elusive achievement gap, according to a new study. nprEd