Rise & Shine: Memphis Crosstown High a finalist for $10 million prize

RE-IMAGINING HIGH SCHOOL Supporters of a proposed new high school for midtown Memphis are among 50 finalists for a $10 million prize from a national contest sponsored by the widow of Apple founder Steve Jobs. Chalkbeat, The Commercial Appeal

REGISTRATION LAG With less than three weeks until the new school year begins at Shelby County Schools, more than half of the district’s expected students are still not registered. Chalkbeat

ENROLLMENT WARS Shelby County Schools is in contention with charter operators in the state-run Achievement School District to try to retain students and funding. Chalkbeat

TALKING IT THROUGH New tensions across the nation over race and equity provides a platform for educators in Memphis to share advice about integrating those conversations into the classroom. Chalkbeat

FEDERAL PROBE A day after news broke of a U.S. Department of Education investigation of Shelby County Schools alleging immigrant students were unable to enroll in school, district officials say they’ve been in communication with the Latino community over several issues immigrants face with education. The Commercial Appeal

STUDENT STORY For one immigrant student in Memphis, a dream to come to school and learn English was deferred after he was told he was too old to enroll. The Commercial Appeal

REPURPOSED BUILDING Shelby County Schools are considering a new life for the building that housed Carver High School in South Memphis. WREG-TV, Chalkbeat

CHARTER RULES Nashville’s school board asks its new director to review policies adopted last year related to charter schools. The Tennessean

SUMMER JOBS A Chattanooga jobs program launched by the Public Education Foundation and Hamilton County Schools aims to get low-income juniors and seniors into paid internships designed to train and connect them with employers. Chattanooga Times Free Press

SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH Two national firms and one based in Tennessee will be considered by Hamilton County’s school board to assist in its search for the district’s next superintendent. Chattanooga Times Free Press

ESSA INPUT A Murfreesboro fifth-grade teacher is set to tell a national conference today about how professional development should change under the new federal education law. Daily News Journal

COMMENTARY: CLOSING THE WAGE GAP  While closing the achievement gap is important, so is closing the wage gap, and that starts by closing the skills gap, says a Greeneville teacher and advocate for high school Career and Technical Education programs. The Tennessean