BACK TO SCHOOL Here are seven things to know about Memphis schools as a new school year kicks off. Chalkbeat

SHARE WITH US! We want to know: What’s the first week of school look like for you? Chalkbeat

CLASSROOM SUPPLIES Shelby County Schools unveils its Teacher Tool Box, a supplies depot where teachers at high-need schools can obtain free supplies. Chalkbeat

The United Education Association, an affiliate of the Tennessee Education Association, hosts its inaugural “New Teacher Survival Store. The New Tri-State Defender

GEARING UP Just three days before the opening bell for Tennessee’s largest school district, a fourth of its students have yet to register and more than a hundred staff positions must be filled. Chalkbeat, The Commercial Appeal

TRANSITION Of the 385 families who are moving from Memphis’ last public housing project before it closes next month, only about 25 percent have made the transition, adding complexities to students starting school. The Commercial Appeal, Chalkbeat

LOBBYING TOO SOON? Texts show an ex-Gov. Bill Haslam aide discussing state education legislation with a Tennessee Department of Education official at a time the state does not allow former employees to lobby. The Tennessean

MEET THE LEADERS Interviews with Memphis area superintendents are scheduled to air this week. WMC-TV

MOMS UNITE Sharon Fields, who ran and lost against Shelby County Schools board member Stephanie Love, creates support group for single mothers at Libertas School of Memphis. The New Tri-State Defender

TRUANCY In Shelby County, more than 29,000 students were chronically absent last year. For the upcoming school year, the Attendance and Truancy Task force is working to reduce that number by 25 percent. WHBQ-TV

POLITICAL TONE In the wake of the bitterly close Nashville schools District 7 race, Mayor Megan Barry calls the tone of both candidates disappointing and said the election provided a chance for a “fresh start.” The Tennessean

BEYOND HIGH SCHOOL State scholarship program Tennessee Promise’s year 2 marked by tweaks, not overhaul. The Commercial Appeal

MOVERS & SHAKERS Chris Barbic, founding superintendent of Tennessee’s Achievement School District, joins the Laura and John Arnold Foundation as a senior education fellow. Laura and John Arnold Foundation

CHARTER SCHOOLS The lone charter school in Knox County has a wait list. Knoxville News Sentinel

POLICE IN SCHOOLS The Jackson-Madison County School System begins the year with fewer schools but four more school resource officers. The Jackson Sun

Bradley County inmate crews refurbish schools before children arrive after the summer break. Cleveland Daily Banner

LEARNING HISTORY Starting her 48th year of teaching English, a Maryville teacher is planning to bring Civil Rights era history into her classroom, including the opportunity for her students to speak to historic figures. The Daily Times

POLICY CHANGES Kingsport schools introduce weighted grades for dual enrollment classes and add a civics test akin to citizenship test. Kingsport Times-News

FROM THE ARCHIVES “Salvation or Disservice?” the Education Week headline read 25 years ago about Teach For America. The questions remain, but the context of the conversation has drastically changed. Education Week

COMMENTARY: COMMUNITY SCHOOLS To teach a child to read, first give him glasses. The New York Times