SHOT DOWN County commissioners balk at Shelby County Schools’ request for $1.6 million to open Boys & Girls clubs inside of three schools. Chalkbeat

CHEAT SHEET Do vouchers raise test scores or lower them? Do they help or hurt students over the long term? Do they damage public schools or push them to improve? We comb through some of the most rigorous academic studies to get the answers. Chalkbeat

CLEAN UP DAY Shelby County Schools is calling for volunteers to help clean up schools in the Memphis area. The Commercial Appeal

NEW LIFE Girls Inc. of Memphis plans to renovate part of Georgia Avenue Elementary, which has been shuttered since 2012. High Ground

YEAR IN REVIEW Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen touts the state’s new education accountability laws in her look back at the last year in education. The Tennessean

DISCIPLINE DISCORD A vote to overhaul Knox County Schools’ discipline guidelines was pushed to August after one board member evoked personal privilege that required the body to shut down discussion on the item for 30 days. Knoxville News Sentinel

HASLAM ADDRESS Gov. Bill Haslam talks to some of the top Tennessee teachers about what scares him most in an increasingly divided country: Children who are unable to think critically. WKRN

WATER WORRIES Metro Nashville Public Schools will test lead levels at water fountains in its schools. The Associated Press

HELP FROM MUNIS Two municipalities have agreed to help pay Williamson County school debt if residents approve a sales tax increase later this year. The Tennessean

MONEY TALKS Hamilton County’s new superintendent will make more money than the sheriff, both mayors and the Chattanooga police chief. WTVC

MOVERS & SHAKERS Greenbrier Elementary School Principal Michele Galluzzi has been named as the new Supervisor of Middle Grades Education for Robertson County Schools. The Tennessean

OPINION: A BAD REP Columnist Pam Sohn writes that Chattanooga ranks as the 9th worst-run city in the country — “due in no small measure to the quality of schools here.” Times Free Press