Rise & Shine: Comptroller report underscores ‘insufficient clarity, transparency’ in funding charter schools

BLURRED LINES  A state comptroller’s report says Tennessee guidelines are so muddled on how funding should be allocated to charter schools that it’s unclear whether those schools are receiving the correct amount of money from their local districts. Chalkbeat, The Commercial Appeal, The Tennessean, Nashville Public Radio

NEW NETWORK  Neighborhood schools aren’t always neighborly in Memphis. Here’s how one group is fostering collaboration. Chalkbeat, Memphis Daily News

FIRST PERSON  What 100 ninth-graders told a Nashville teacher about why they don’t read. Chalkbeat

ADVANCED PLACEMENT  The U.S. Department of Education announces Advanced Placement grants totaling more than $360,000 as part of its efforts to boost college and career readiness for historically underserved students. The Tennessean, The Daily Herald

AG EDUCATION  Bolton High School, founded as an agricultural college, could return to its roots under a Shelby County commissioner’s plan to convert the Arlington school into a regional ag career technical education school. The Commercial Appeal

STUDENT MEMORIAL  Shelby County Schools will honor the children who died in a Sept. 12 house fire with a plaque on the playground where four of the seven children attended school. The Commercial Appeal 

CANDICE MCQUEEN  Tennessee’s education chief tells Chattanooga-area leaders that Hamilton County Schools is coming up short in turning around its five priority schools, despite receiving $13 million in school improvement grants since 2013. Chattanooga Times Free Press

CARDIAC ARREST   U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr. of Knoxville files legislation urging states to mandate putting life-saving defibrillators in every school in the country. Knoxville News Sentinel

CORPORAL PUNISHMENT  Cheatham County’s school board votes to keep corporal punishment as an option in the classroom, though most of the district’s principals say they won’t enforce the policy. WKRN-TV

DIRECTOR’S JOB  The attorney for Cheatham County’s school board has asked Director Stan Curtis to resign, according to emails obtained by The Ashland City Times. The Tennessean

CULINARY PROGRAM  Maryville’s school board accepts a bid of almost $199,000 for equipment to furnish its new high school culinary arts center, scheduled to open next year. The Daily Times

HEALTH CLINIC  A virtual health care clinic, operated in a partnership between a Johnson City hospital and Tri-Cities urgent care company, is now in Bristol and Kingsport schools and will soon be in Hawkins County schools. Kingsport Times-News

LONG LINES  Bradley County school and transportation officials puzzle over traffic concerns at one elementary school. Cleveland Daily Banner

SUICIDE AWARENESS  Educators and students gather in Maury County Public Schools’ classrooms and gyms to raise awareness for suicide prevention and the fight against a related issue: bullying. The Daily Herald

RESET  The Athens school board votes to move forward with a plan that ultimately will shrink its number of schools from five to three. The Daily Post-Athenian

DRIVERS NEEDED  Williamson County’s school board approves an incentive program that will waive tuition for the children of bus drivers who live outside the county. The Tennessean

MENTAL HEALTH  Here’s how schools can support students’ mental health. NPRed