CHALKBEAT EXPLAINS A quirk in the rules for allocating federal funds for poor students will give most Shelby County municipal districts a big budget boost next year. Meanwhile, in part because of those districts seceding, Shelby County Schools is set to receive $5 million less in Title I funds than it did last year. Chalkbeat

PAYING FOR PRE-K Tennessee’s elation at winning a $70 million federal grant to expand pre-K offerings in Memphis and Nashville is now being tempered by the realization that the four-year grant will run out all too soon. Chalkbeat, Local Memphis

FOND FAREWELL State Rep. Harry Brooks of Knoxville says he will not seek re-election in 2018 and will donate about $66,000 in campaign funds to Knox County Schools. Knoxville News Sentinel, The Associated Press

LUNCH DEBT The Department of Social Services may be notified when a parent doesn’t pay a student’s school lunch debt, according to new Scott County policy. Kingsport Times-News

LEADERSHIP MILESTONE Maury County Public Schools board makes history by naming members as its first female chairs. The Daily Herald

SLEEVES UP Murfreesboro fifth-graders try their math and science skills on constructing a playhouse in their school gym. WTVF