NEXT STEPS With a charter now in their hip pocket, backers of Crosstown High School are assured of a path toward creating a new kind of high school in Memphis. But that doesn’t mean they’ll choose the charter option. Chalkbeat

HOW I TEACH Melissa Collins couldn’t take her second-grade students with her on trips to Brazil and India — so she brings her travels into her Memphis classroom instead. Chalkbeat

POLITICAL TALK Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says that the presidential candidates aren’t talking enough about education, despite the issue being what he termed “the biggest national challenge.” Chattanooga Times Free Press

BENEFITS Shelby County Schools employees and retirees may see cuts to their life insurance benefits after bids for a new contract came in excessively high. The Commercial Appeal

LOOPHOLE Tennessee is one of more than a dozen states that has been noted for passing laws in the past two years that require students to take and pass a civics test in order to graduate high school.But in Tennessee there’s a catch: The law does not actually require students to pass the test. Education Week

TEACHING TEACHERS The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga School of Education has rethought how it prepares its students to become teachers and taken a new approach that educators hope will help right the ship in Hamilton County. Chattanooga Times Free Press

NEW TECH Chromebooks arrive in Blount County high schools. The Daily Times

MID-SOUTH SCORES Schools across the Mid-South see increase in ACT scores. WREG-TV

NASHVILLE SCORES With Metro Schools regressing slightly in the ACT test that is used as a college readiness measure in English, reading, science and math, the new Nashville administration sees an opportunity to dissect those results and improve. The Tennessean

KNOXVILLE SCORES Here’s the breakdown of Knoxville ACT scores by school. Knoxville News Sentinel

HAMILTON SCORES Hamilton County improves ACT scores, but work still remains. Chattanooga Times Free Press

BRADLEY SCORES The class of 2016 in Bradley County Schools earns the highest composite ACT score in five year. Chattanooga Times Free Press

JACKSON SCORES Jackson-Madison County Schools had an average of 17.5 composite ACT score in 2016, an improvement of 0.2 points over last year’s composite of 17.3. The Jackson Sun

NE TENNESSEE SCORES Among the highest composite ACT scores in Northeast Tennessee this year were Dobyns-Bennett, which may be the highest overall in the region. Kingsport Times-News