ACT TESTING  Tennessee’s quest to raise ACT scores has proven mostly fruitless for years, but now its leaders believe they’ve found one strategy that looks promising — paying for students to retake the college entrance exam. Chalkbeat, The Commercial Appeal, The Chattanoogan, WBIR, The Knoxville Focus

WALKING MUSEUM  The Memphis Heritage Trail hopes to bring local African-American history to Shelby County Schools. Local Memphis

TAPPING TECHNICAL EXPERTISE  In a rare cross-pollination with charter schools, Metro Nashville Public Schools hires Republic Schools to give some of the district’s teachers a crash course in computer coding. Nashville Public Radio

SUPERINTENDENT’S CONTRACT  Hamilton County’s school board calls a special meeting for next Tuesday to review the contract for incoming superintendent Bryan Johnson. The Chattanoogan

ON THE JOB  The new director of Cheatham County Schools gets to work and outlines her first steps overseeing the Middle Tennessee district. The Tennessean

FINAL EXAMS  The days of being exempted from comprehensive final exams in Sullivan County high schools may end after next school year. Kingsport Times-News

BUDGET REQUEST  Dickson County school leaders outline to county commissioners why the district needs another $4.5 million in funding. The Tennessean

HOLIDAY REQUEST  A Hindu statesman asks Tennessee school districts to recognize the religion’s most popular festival, Diwali, as an official holiday. Knoxville News Sentinel

DUAL ROLE  An elementary school principal with Jackson-Madison County Schools prepares to become the district’s first athletic director as well. The Jackson Sun

MAKEOVER  Parts of Oak Ridge High School’s stadium undergo renovations, while its field is next on the list if funding can be secured. The Oak Ridger

SCHOOL SUPPLIES  United Way of Sumner County asks the community to help prepare local children for the school year in its seventh annual Stuff the Bus campaign. The Tennessean

ASD COPYCAT  North Carolina families and teachers will find out in the next two months which low-performing elementary schools could be turned over to charter school operators in 2018. The News & Observer

OPINION: THE GREAT IRONY OF TITLE I  Life isn’t fair, but poor kids in Memphis already know that, says columnist David Waters about a funky federal funding formula that is giving more money per poor student to affluent Shelby County school districts than to Shelby County Schools.  The Commercial Appeal 

OPINION: SIGNAL MOUNTAIN SCHOOL SECESSION  There are no winners in this effort, says columnist Pam Sohn. Hamilton County officials should see the Signal Mountain revolt as the collateral damage of operating a school system on the cheap. And communities like Signal Mountain should see educational equity as a prize that benefits us all. Times Free Press