NEW SCHOOLS Five new charter schools, including the proposed Crosstown High School in Midtown Memphis, are being recommended for approval by Shelby County Schools, while three other applications should be rejected, district administrators say. Chalkbeat, Memphis Daily News, The Commercial Appeal

DISCIPLINE GAP A Nashville preschool will serve as a national model for how to address discriminatory school discipline practices. Chalkbeat

NEW APPROACH A new Nashville school is integrating its students, eliminating suspensions — and acing the state tests. The 74 Million

TEAM IN PLACE A leader at a New York City nonprofit has been named as Metro Nashville Public Schools’ chief of staff — the last position to be filled in new Director of Schools Shawn Joseph’s executive Cabinet. The Tennessean

GOVERNOR VIST Gov. Bill Haslam is visiting Columbia State Community College today to welcome back students participating in his Tennessee Promise program that offers free tuition at the state’s two-year colleges. The Associated Press

BUILDING LEADERS A Jackson-Madison County School System “Leader in Me” program breaks down Stephen Covey’s book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” into kid-friendly language. The Jackson Sun

NUMBERS DOWN The Jackson-Madison County School System has about 40 fewer students than at the same time last year, according to recent enrollment numbers. The Jackson Sun

LOOKING BACK A long-time Knox County school board member reflects on stepping down. Knoxville News Sentinel

BUILDING SCHOOLS Commissioners in Washington County are divided about land to buy for a new K-8 school. Johnson City Press