CHARTER SCHOOLS As Gestalt Community Schools prepares to exit its two Memphis schools under the state-run Achievement School District, two other ASD charter operators are interested in stepping in. Chalkbeat

CHARTER COMPACT A proposed guideline for charter operators’ use of buildings owned by Shelby County Schools just scratches the surface toward addressing one of the most costly aspects of running a charter school. Chalkbeat

SUBURBAN SPLIT Three more Hamilton County municipalities consider breaking off from the county school system. Chattanooga Times Free Press

SPECIAL EDUCATION In Tennessee, half of the residents with disabilities found eligible for vocational rehabilitation services in 2015 didn’t get any, according to federal data. The Hechinger Report

SCHOOL SEGREGATION A federal civil rights complaint will prompt Knox County to consider race and other demographics as it redraws school zones to make way for two new middle schools, according district Superintendent Buzz Thomas. Knoxville News Sentinel

PARADE OF CHAMPIONS Memphis welcomes its championship football teams after a sweep in the TSSAA’s BlueCross Bowls. The Commercial Appeal, WMC-TV

‘MOO’SICIANS Memphis students at Idlewild repurpose milk cartons into instruments and enter their creations into a contest. They need your vote. WMC-TV

BUS CRASH Third lawsuit emerges against the school bus company and bus driver Johnthony Walker in the aftermath of a Hamilton County school bus crash that killed five children and injured dozens of others. Chattanooga Times Free Press

Nashville’s city council plans to vote to urge the school board to install seat belts in buses that need to be replaced anyway. WSMV-TV

FIELD TRIP Madison County officials plan to visit Memphis’ alternative to juvenile justice for unruly students. The Jackson Sun

REPURPOSE Erwin board moves forward with the rezoning of a vacant school property, clearing the way for a developer to renovate and repurpose the run-down 1922 school building into upscale condominiums. Johnson City Press

STEM EDUCATION A closer look inside a Blount County robotics team. The Daily Times

NEW BLOOD New Johnson City board members jump right into finding a new superintendent. Johnson City Press

U.S. DOE Opinion: Betsy DeVos and the twilight of public education. Detroit Free Press