CHARTER REBUFFS  Shelby County’s school board sends 13 groups back to the drawing board after denying their initial bid to open or expand charter schools in Memphis in 2018. Chalkbeat

Nashville’s LEAD Public Schools sees both of its charter applications voted down by Nashville’s school board. The Tennessean

BREAKAWAY DISTRICTS   Why a recent EdBuild report on towns that break away from large school districts has validated some in Shelby County and angered others. WKNO

TURF BATTLES  Shelby County Schools considers legal action against the state-run Achievement School District for adding grade levels to schools in Memphis. The Commercial Appeal, Memphis Daily News

CLASSROOM SUPPLIES  A new state law that goes into effect Saturday will double the amount of money given to teachers to pay for classroom supplies. The Daily Herald

READING FOCUS  Hamilton County elementary school principals gather at a Chattanooga school to watch some of the district’s top teachers implement a new literacy intervention with summer school students. Times Free Press

SUPERINTENDENT CONTRACT  Greeneville’s school board approves a new contract and a 12 percent raise for its director.  The Greeneville Sun

STEPPING IN  Meet the interim superintendent of Anderson County Schools. The Herald Bulletin

BUILDING BLUES  A judge rules that an insurance company has no further liability for a collapsed roof at a building at Jefferson County High School. The Standard Bearer

THE GREAT RACE  Rutherford County’s Central Magnet School is Tennessee’s first school with a team participating in the nine-day trip from Florida to Michigan. Daily News Journal

FIRST PLACE  A Blount County high school’s robotics team wins gold at a national SkillsUSA championship. The Daily Times