Rise & Shine: Esoteric tax rule facing overhaul cost local school districts nearly $50 million since 2010

TAX RULE Missing from the debate in Shelby County this spring over an esoteric tax rule has been exactly how big of a dent changing the rule would have made in local school districts’ budgets. An analysis by education advocates and verified by Chalkbeat answers that question. Chalkbeat

FUNDING TALKS…AGAIN Shelby County commissioners could wrap up most of the formalities tonight of their budget season, with school funding as the biggest issue on the table. Memphis Daily News, Chalkbeat

MIDTOWN SCHOOLS The opening of a public Crosstown High School could further grow the menu of option for Midtown parents who are starting to see their neighborhood schools as preferable to private. The Commercial Appeal

JOB HUNT Shelby County School has received more than 1,700 applications for next school year. Job postings online show about 400 jobs currently available. WREG-TV

NAACP COMPLAINT Due to a federal investigation, Knox County Schools creates at least one document that didn’t exist before — a map showing where Holston Middle School students live by race and ethnicity. Knoxville News Sentinel

MEAL CHANGE Because of a new federal mandate, the Hamilton County school board votes 7-2 to to approve changes that will cause seven schools to no longer feed all students a free breakfast and lunch, regardless of income. Chattanooga Times Free Press

SMOOTH TRANSITION A Maury County summer camp works to make the transition easier for elementary school students to middle school. Columbia Daily Herald

BULLYPROOF A newly-emerging kids’ jiu-jitsu program is gaining traction in the Jackson community. It’s based on the Bullyproof curriculum, designed to instill children with confidence and help them overcome bullying without resorting to violence. The Jackson Sun

NATIONAL COMPETITION Two rising eighth-graders from Blount County compete in a final round of the National History Day. The Daily Times