NEW BEGINNING For the first time next year, the Tennessee Board of Education will oversee a charter school in Memphis. Chalkbeat, The Commercial Appeal

PAY BOOST The Shelby County Commission approves a $10,000 pay raise for school board. The Commercial Appeal

RECOVERY SCHOOL A look inside Ridgecrest Academy, Nashville’s only school that serves teens struggling with using drugs and alcohol. The Tennessean

CHARTER SCHOOLS Potential charter school leader and Johnson City Schools officials discuss the merits of opening a STEM charter school. Johnson City Press

HATE IN SCHOOLS A Murfreesboro parent is criticizing the Rutherford County School District after she was asked to remove a Facebook photo showing a racist note her daughter found at the school. WSMV-TV

LOW ON CASH Sullivan County Schools leaders explain some of the pitfalls of Tennessee’s funding formula — including providing less than half of the salary for its superintendent. Kingsport Times-News

SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH Chattanooga community members ask for a superintendent with experience in handling a large budget, saying the school system already has great educators. Chattanooga Times Free Press

EMPTY SCHOOL NO MORE A long-empty Erwin elementary school will be transformed into condominiums. Johnson City Press

TRANSITION The Williamson County Commission appoints a Franklin parent to a vacant school board seat. The Tennessean

SCHOOL SAFETY In response to a federal lawsuit, three former Chattanooga school employees say they should not be held liable for the rape of a freshman basketball player by his teammates. Chattanooga Times Free Press, The Associated Press

LEGACY IN LEADERSHIP A profile of Amy Heckethorn, who resigned from the Dyersburg school board after serving 21 years. Dyersburg State Gazette

BUDGET TIME The Knox County School Board talks about high revenues and even higher expenses. Knoxville News Sentinel

TEACHER SHORTAGE The Clarksville-Montgomery County School System is looking to fill 75 positions of substitute teachers and substitute special education assistants. WKRN-TV

MAKE STUFF A Q&A with Dale Dougherty, one of the founding fathers of the Maker Movement, which promotes learning through making stuff. Memphis Public Radio