NEW PLAN Shelby County Schools Superintendent says it’s time to make investments in Memphis’ lowest-performing schools after years of shuttering them. Chalkbeat, Memphis Daily News, The Commercial Appeal

TURNOVER A new report from Vanderbilt suggests that the Achievement School District loses too many good teachers each year. Chalkbeat

ACT BUMP Tennessee sees ACT scores increase after it becomes the first state to pay for all students to take the college-entrance exam twice. Chalkbeat

TURF WARS Shelby County Schools board Chairman Chris Caldwell chastises a Germantown Municipal School District board member for continuously negotiating with him and other SCS board members over control of the suburb’s three namesake schools. The Commercial Appeal

CHARTER SCHOOLS Two charter schools targeting troubled and at-risk youth submit letters of intent to apply to Knox County Schools. Knoxville News Sentinel

MAKING THE GRADE Metro Nashville Public Schools board members give director Shawn Joseph an A for his work during the first seven months on the job. The Tennessean

ILLNESS As some Tennessee districts close due to widespread illness, Williamson County Schools leaders say their absentee rates are normal for this time of year. The Tennessean

SCHOOL SAFETY A Valentine’s Day fight between two men puts a Chattanooga elementary school on lockdown. Chattanooga Times Free Press

LOVE IS IN THE AIR Long hours, shared goals, and unbelievable stories: Why so many teachers fall in love with each other. Chalkbeat