NEW CHAPTER  Shelby County Superintendent Dorsey Hopson speaks in a friendly setting with a Memphis parents group whose motives and methods he once expressed reservations about. Chalkbeat

DEVOS GUEST  Democrats blast state Sen. Brian Kelsey, a voucher advocate from Germantown, for his closed-door meeting with U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, also a voucher supporter. The Tennessean

FAITH-BASED CHARTERS  Churches running charter schools?  The latest Supreme Court decision could open the door in some states. Chalkbeat

DAY OF SERVICE  Shelby County Schools seeks volunteers to help with painting, planting flowers and other chores on July 22. WMC

CORPORAL PUNISHMENT  Two lawmakers ask the state comptroller and the Tennessee Department of Education to review the use of corporal punishment on children with disabilities. WJHL

SCHOOL SECESSION  Signal Mountain’s Town Council hears concerns from citizens about the possibility of pulling out of Hamilton County Schools and creating a new district. The Chattanoogan 

Citing differences in property taxes paid and services received, dozens of Brentwood residents support pulling away from Williamson County Schools to start a city-run district. Patch, The Tennessean

TROUBLING TURNOVER  Nashville school leaders discuss a concerning statistic: More than half of the district’s teachers leave in their first three years of teaching. The Tennessean

CROSSING GUARDS NEEDED  Nashville police seek to hire 40 crossing guards for the upcoming school year. WSMV

IT’S OFFICIAL  Bryan Johnson will take the helm of Hamilton County Schools next week, now that the school board has approved his four-year contract. Times Free Press

EARLY LEARNING  Meet the new director of Chattanooga’s Office of Early Learning. Times Free Press

RIVER TEACHERS  The Tennessee Aquarium teaches Chattanooga-area educators how to incorporate freshwater science and conservation education into their curriculums. Times Free Press

DESTINATION 2024  In its new seven-year strategic plan, Williamson County Schools wants to pair academic success with expanded support for students’ physical, emotional and social development. The Tennessean

CULTURAL EXCHANGE  Middle Tennessee State University hosts a delegation of schoolchildren, teachers and administrators from China’s Dongcheng Educational Group for the sixth in a series of reciprocal visits between the institutions. WGNS, The Tennessean

SAFETY IN SPORTS  Rutherford County Schools creates five new safety coach positions to help protect the district’s middle and high school athletes. Daily News Journal

FIRE  Fire seriously damages a Rutherford County middle school building that housed four wrestling programs and their equipment. The Tennessean

SOLAR ECLIPSE  Robertson County Schools is the latest Tennessee district to announce plans to close for the Aug. 21 solar eclipse. The Tennessean

TEACHER RAISES  Robertson County teachers would get a raise under a spending plan approved by the county’s budget committee. The Tennessean

DISABLED STUDENTS  Wilson County Schools faces two lawsuits over its extended care program after three disabled students were denied enrollment last school year. The Tennessean

JUST IN TIME  With groundbreaking just weeks away, Cleveland school board members are elated with the city’s approval of a funding formula for a new elementary school. Cleveland Daily Banner

TITLE I  Next year’s Sullivan County school budget will be nearly $400,000 shorter overall on federal funding meant for low-income students. Kingsport Times-News

NO FREE LUNCH  Sullivan County’s school board approves downsizing the district’s universal free meals program from seven schools to two. Kingsport Times-News

OPINION: CHATTANOOGA AT A CROSSROADS  Good education, not business-as-usual education, is the key to fixing all of the thorny problems facing Chattanooga and Hamilton County, says columnist Pam Sohn. Times Free Press