TEACHER TRAINING   With Common Core out and the Tennessee Academic Standards in, about 6,000 teachers take a two-day crash course on what students are expected to learn in each grade beginning this fall. Here’s what they learned. Chalkbeat

TITLE I  Five Shelby County suburban school districts will split an extra $7 million in Title I funding meant for poor students next year — even as Shelby County Schools faces a $5 million loss in those federal funds for an unrelated reason. The Commercial Appeal

TITLE II  The loss of Title II funds under President Donald Trump’s proposed budget could cost Hamilton County Schools $1.8 million for teacher training. Times Free Press

PRIORITY SCHOOLS  The executive director of Achievement Schools explains his strategies for working with students and educators to improve academic achievement in the state-run network in Memphis. Medium

EMPOWERING TEACHERS  Gov. Bill Haslam signs a bill creating a Teachers Bill of Rights. Shelbyville Times-Gazette

UPDATING MIDDLE SCHOOL  Nashville’s public schools find the money for a district-wide overhaul to middle grades. Nashville Public Radio

EMPLOYEE CHILD CARE  Murfreesboro City Schools will offer childcare for employees as a tool for recruitment and retention. Daily News Journal

MAJOR DONATION  Maury County school leaders hope a $500,000 donation reinforces its STEAM program and mechatronics track — and revitalizes the rural Middle Tennessee district. The Tennessean

SUMMER BREAK  High school summer sports shut down for a couple of weeks, as mandated by the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association. The Daily Post-Athenian

DRIVER SHORTAGE  In dire need of bus drivers, Cleveland City Schools offers a paid training program for candidates. Cleveland Daily Banner

HELP PLEASE  One elementary school principal, who is not happy with Hamilton County’s budget vote, is forced to come up with a creative way to renovate her school. WTVC

NO GO  For a second year in a row, Johnson City Schools cancels its Back to School Bash because the district couldn’t scrape together the resources to provide students with needed school supplies. Johnson City Press

NUTRITION HONOR  Tullahoma City Schools Nutrition Director Angela DeLucenay is named Director of the Year by the Tennessee School Nutrition Association. The Tullahoma News

OPINION: FALLOUT ON SCHOOL SECESSION  Critics who argued that Shelby County’s 2014 de-merger ultimately would harm the remaining students of Shelby County Schools found agreement with a new national report. The Commercial Appeal