CHALK TALK He was arrested in high school. Today, a former Memphis student is teaching at Berkeley and training teachers how to spot their own implicit bias before punishing black boys. Chalkbeat

SCHOOL SAFETY Violent student incidents are down significantly in Shelby County Schools, an accomplishment one district leader attributes to slow but deliberate changes in school culture. Memphis Daily News

Experts weigh seemingly conflicting state laws as guns will soon be allowed at a Nashville bus hub daily used by schoolchildren following a shooting that left four students injured last year. The Associated Press

ASD ELSEWHERE After facing fierce opposition in the Nevada legislature, an amendment to the proposed state-run Achievement School District would add a less severe intervention instead of takeover, similar to the shared governance model Tennessee is considering. Las Vegas Review-Journal

DOUBLE CHECK The Tennessee Department of Education reiterates that high schools in Shelby County Schools are undergoing grading audits following discrepancies at Trezevant High and the principal’s more recent allegations. The Commercial Appeal, The Associated Press

BEYOND HIGH SCHOOL The number of Hawkins County students signified as “career ready” under the National Career Readiness Certificate increases exponentially. Kingsport Times-News

STEM education in Greeneville offers an opportunity for school systems to work together and for students to build technical skills through projects. The Greeneville Sun

SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH A Georgia businessman touts his corporate background as the reason he is most qualified to lead Hamilton County Schools. Times Free Press

Three internal candidates and a Georgia education consultant are finalists to lead Haywood County Schools. The Jackson Sun

LINE BY LINE An analysis of the Papa Johns essay that got a Tennessee student into Yale University. The Washington Post

DOWN TO DETAILS Knox County Schools board members are asking why a donation of school property to a nonprofit lacks a full rundown of paperwork. Knoxville News Sentinel

STAY IN SCHOOL A dozen states are trying to keep children in school longer, from making kindergarten mandatory to raising the legal drop-out age. But it’s not an easy sell. The Associated Press

OPINION Tennessee Charter School Center CEO Maya Bugg urges charter school skeptics to look at upsides before dismissing the model. The Tennessean