CHARTER GROWTH  Staff for Shelby County Schools recommend denying all 16 applications to start or grow charter schools in Memphis in 2018.  Chalkbeat

TRANSITION  A new principal is named for the Memphis school at the center of a district-wide grading investigation. Chalkbeat

CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE  Thirty-six Memphis children caught in a lengthy political fight between state and local districts could soon have an answer about where they can attend eighth grade this fall. The Commercial Appeal

STOP THE VIOLENCE  A group of students at Booker T. Washington Middle School make a music video they hope will reduce violent crime in Memphis. WMC

NEW VISION  With negotiations under way on his new contract, Hamilton County’s incoming superintendent maps out his first 100 days, including determining a plan for the district’s lowest-performing schools. Times Free Press

BREAKAWAY DISTRICTS  The attorney for Hamilton County Schools says a group studying the possible creation of a school district on Signal Mountain can’t expect to use current schools owned by the county district. The Chattanoogan

UNDOCUMENTED STUDENTS  Despite its being voted down again in the legislature, state Sen. Todd Gardenhire says he still believes in his proposal to permit the children of undocumented parents to attend higher education at in-state resident tuition rates. Cleveland Daily Banner

DIRECTOR’S CONTRACT  Tullahoma City Schools Director Dan Lawson interviews this week for a job in Alabama and asks that his contract not be renewed in Tennessee. Decatur Daily, The Tullahoma News

STRATEGY SHIFT  Williamson County’s strategic schools plans is under review with an eye toward job skills, problem solving and communication. The Tennessean

FUNDING GROWTH  Williamson County commissioners look at the feasibility of selling a county-owned hospital to help fund its growing school district. The Tennessean

PLANNING FOR GROWTH  Maryville’s school board wants public input on three options for handling overcrowding projected for its elementary schools in the next five years. The Daily Times

SOLAR ECLIPSE  Blount County and Maryville City Schools join several other Tennessee districts changing their schedules for an Aug. 21 solar eclipse. The Daily Times

NEW SCHOOLS  Sullivan County’s school board gets a first glimpse at renderings for a new high school. Kingsport Times-News

AGING SCHOOLS  Bristol school officials look at four options for solving the system’s issues with aging school buildings. Bristol Herald Courier

BUS MONEY  Greene County’s school board approves capital funds for new school buses. The Greeneville Sun

ARTS INSTITUTE  Twenty-three teachers learn about Chattanooga-area arts as part of an annual leadership program. Times Free Press

STADIUM OF DREAMS  After more than 35 years and $4.2 million, Springfield High School will once again play a football game at their home stadium come August. The Tennessean

CAMP READ-A-LOT  With flashlights and piles of books, Alcoa’s rising first- through third-graders gather around a “campfire”  to ignite a love of words. The Daily Times

RETHINKING CLASS RANKINGS  At many American high schools, the graduation-day tradition of crowning a valedictorian is becoming a thing of the past. The Associated Press

OPINION: HOW DO I TEACH A CHILD WHOM I FEAR?  To take care of students, teachers first need to take care of themselves, says a Memphis kindergarten teacher. The Commercial Appeal

OPINION: NEW LEADER, FRESH START  Here’s what Clarksville-Montgomery County’s Bryan Johnson will face as Hamilton County’s new superintendent. Times Free Press