EDUCATING EDUCATORS Most Tennessee teacher preparation programs aren’t equipping new teachers to be highly effective in their classrooms, according to a new report from SCORE. Chalkbeat,

CROSSROADS A proposal to turn Memphis’s East High into all-optional “T-STEM” school is met with community resistance. Chalkbeat

MEMPHIS LIFT A local NAACP leader praises the Memphis Lift, a group of 140 people from Shelby County who interrupted the national NAACP meeting in Cincinnati last weekend in favor of charter schools. The Commercial Appeal

SESSION ’17 Shelby County Schools Board of Education members debate the legislative agenda for the upcoming school year. The Commercial Appeal

ELECTION 2016 Education is a focus of a Hamilton County Commission race.  Chattanooga Times Free Press

 AWARD SEASON STEM Prep wins the first-ever Nashville Public Education Foundation innovation award. The Tennessean

TEST SCORES Parents aren’t pleased with the Tennessee Department of Education’s proposal to phase in TNReady scores into grades — because they don’t want the scores to count at all. WTVC

CHARTERS Can teacher unions lobby for better — and fewer — charter schools? Nashville has a shout-out for adopting Annenberg standards to promote increased charter accountability, transparency, and equity. The American Prospect

TEACHER VOICE Opinion: Memphis teachers say that teachers’ voice is crucial to shaping a high-quality education plan in Tennessee. The Huffington Post 

HONEYMOON Opinion: The honeymoon is over for Nashville’s new superintendent, writes columnist Frank Daniels III. The Tennessean