SCHOOL CLOSURES In Memphis, the assumption has been that closing low-performing schools will cause students to end up in better ones. But that’s not necessarily the case, according to data on the 21 neighborhood schools closed in the city since 2012. Chalkbeat

CHARTER SCHOOLS Three people oversee 45 charter schools that educate 12,200 Memphis students — too many students being monitored by too few people, say district leaders. Tonight, the Shelby County Schools board will review a proposal to continue work with a national charter group to develop best practices in managing its increasing workload. Chalkbeat, The Commercial Appeal

ASD EXPANSION Rocketship Education is eyeing the possibility of opening a new school in Nashville through the statewide Achievement School District as the operator seeks an appeal through the state board after being rejected by the Nashville school board. The Tennessean

EDUCATION FUNDING Gov. Bill Haslam says Tennessee has historically underfunded education but is in the process of changing that, even as three of the state’s largest school districts sue for more funding. The Commercial Appeal

BUILDING AROUND CHARTERS Nashville council members question the lack of communication between school board members and the housing authority in building a mixed income development around a proposed charter school. The Tennessean

MUSEUM OPENING Stax Music Academy students are set to perform at the opening of the Smithsonian Institute’s new National African American History and Culture museum in Washington D.C. and will be featured on the Today Show over the weekend. The Associated Press

MIDDLE SCHOOL WOES A new national report shows that middle school bullying decreases in K-8 settings as compared to 6-12 or 6-8 grade settings. Memphis Public Radio

HELPING HAND A video of Central High School’s principal under the hood of a student’s car, helping get it started, gets a lot of attention. WMC-TV

BEYOND GRADUATION Over the last several years, many well known charter operators realized getting poor students to college isn’t enough — those students need a lot of support if they are to graduate, too. Back in 2011, KIPP came to this realization more publicly than most. Author and charter-school fan Richard Whitmire explains what happened in this excerpt from his new book, “The Founders.” Chalkbeat

CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS The Alcoa Board of Education is set to vote tonight on a contract extension for the director of schools, but there would be a cost if new board members from November’s election want to remove him. The Daily Times

MUSICAL HERITAGE Is mariachi the future sound of Music City? A Nashville school is pushing boundaries with a band’s diversity that mirrors a changing city. The Tennessean

BOOK DEAL English and art students at a Cleveland high school create a book, “Just Like Meemaw.” Cleveland Daily Banner

RISING STAR A Unicoi County teenager’s life takes a turn toward stardom. Johnson City Press

HEAVY LOAD National Backpack Awareness Day is Wednesday. Dyersburg State Gazette