ACHIEVEMENT SCHOOL DISTRICT  Superintendent Malika Anderson details how low-performing schools can leave the state’s turnaround district and return to their local school systems. Chalkbeat

GOOD NEWS  The budget outlook just got better for Shelby County Schools, with an extra $22 million to invest in Memphis schools. Chalkbeat

LEADERSHIP CHANGE  Students and faculty at Memphis Bolton High School question why their principal is being let go. WREG

SCHOOL VOLUNTEER  A Shelby County elementary school mourns the loss of a favorite volunteer, known affectionately as “Grandma,” who was found murdered in her home. WREG

MISSING STUDENT  A 15-year-old Tennessee student is rescued in California, more than a month after her 50-year-old teacher in Maury County kidnapped her and set off a nationwide manhunt. The Associated Press, The TennesseanABC News, CNNWTVF, WKRN, Columbia Daily Herald

Teaching was a dream job for kidnapping suspect Tad Cummins. The Tennessean

THUMBS DOWN  Hamilton County’s school board votes against interim Superintendent Kirk Kelly’s budget, which asked for an additional $33 million. Times Free Press

CHARTER SCHOOL  Chattanooga Prep, a new all-boys charter school, waits for school board approval. Times Free Press

ESTATE DONATION A Hendersonville man gifts $8 million to upgrade technology in Sumner County schools. WKRN

WELL DONE  Top seniors from each of 69 East Tennessee high schools are honored in Knoxville at an awards banquet for academic achievers. Knoxville News Sentinel

UNDER BUDGET  The final tab for Alcoa’s new state-of-the-art high school, plus improvements to athletic facilities, is $34.96 million, about $190,000 under budget. The Daily Times 

LATER START TIME  Williamson County high school students will get more minutes to sleep in next school year. The Tennessean

TEACHERS WANTED  Wilson County seeks to hire more than 100 teachers for 2017-18. The Tennessean

ROBOTICS ACES  High school robotics teams from five Knoxville-area high schools battle at the Robotics World Championship this week in Houston. Knoxville News Sentinel

STRAIGHT ARROW  The sport of archery grows in popularity, with competitive teams in many Rutherford County schools. Daily News Journal

EXPANSIONS  Dickson County’s commission approves expansions to two elementary schools and will study a proposed new middle school. The Tennessean

OPINION: THANKS, TNREADY  A Robertson County teacher shares how the state’s new standardized test is helping teachers and students.  The Tennessean