BREAKAWAY DISTRICTS The 2014 exodus of six suburban towns from the newly consolidated Memphis school system is one of the nation’s most egregious examples of public education splintering into a system of haves and have-nots over race and class, says a new report. Chalkbeat, U.S. News & World Report

TITLE I Shelby County Schools will lose $5 million in federal funding that provides extra dollars for high-poverty schools and districts, affecting about 11 schools in all next year. Chalkbeat

BUDGET WOES Concern over President Donald Trump’s education budget cuts is so great that Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen sent a letter urging U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to reconsider. The Tennessean

GRADE TAMPERING The former secretary at the center of the grade tampering investigation at Trezevant High School breaks her silence and says it’s a common practice in Shelby County Schools. Local Memphis

FEDERAL APPOINTMENT U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announces intent to appoint Arthur Wayne Johnson, a Georgia businessman who was a finalist in Hamilton County Schools’ recent superintendent search, as the chief operating officer of Federal Student Aid. Times Free Press

CHARTER ACCOLADES How one all-girls school in Chattanooga rose to to national heights in charter school innovation. Times Free Press

POPULATION BOOM Growth in Alcoa City Schools student population is pushing out families living outside the school system who pay to have their children attend. The Daily Times

CHARTER GROWTH Metro Nashville Public Schools recommends denial of two new LEAD schools over concerns of student disability services and a high attrition rate. Nashville Public Radio

EMPLOYMENT DISPUTE Three former Hamilton County Schools employees file a federal lawsuit against the school system alleging it stripped the men of the “opportunity to defend their employment against the untrue and malicious allegations” in 2015 Ooltewah High School rape case. Times Free Press