CHARTER VOTE Crosstown High is among five new charter schools approved for Memphis, while Green Dot’s proposal is rejected. Chalkbeat, The Commercial Appeal, The Memphis Daily News

MEASURING STICK The average ACT score for public high school students in Tennessee didn’t budge in 2016, meaning that Tennessee still lags behind the national average on the college entrance exam. Chalkbeat, The Commercial Appeal, The Tennessean, Knoxville News Sentinel

TALKING HEADS Officials with Green Dot Public Schools are planning to fully restore a statue named Erik the Viking as part of more than $600,000 in renovations to Hillcrest High School, which Green Dot just reopened as a charter school. Chalkbeat

NEW DIRECTOR Here is what Shawn Joseph, Metro Nashville’s new superintendent is focusing on this year. The Tennessean

DISCIPLINE GAP A Nashville pre-K is selected as a national model for solving the country’s discipline gap. The Tennessean, Chalkbeat

LAWSUIT A court found no wrongdoing on the part of MNPS Director Shawn Joseph when he headed a Prince George’s County (Md.) Public Schools division where a Head Start program mistreated students. The Tennessean