ASD OVERHAUL Education Commissioner Candice McQueen says Tennessee’s turnaround district can do better, more efficient work under a lean structure that encourages more teamwork among its charter and direct-run schools. Chalkbeat

STAYING COURSE The Shelby County Schools superintendent says he’s committed to staying in Memphis as board members get ready to decide whether or not to extend his contract. The New Tri-State Defender

SLAM DUNK A 15-year-old Memphis student, who owns a popular bowtie business, just scored a partnership with the NBA. Forbes

GERMANTOWN OFFER Shelby County Schools board members want more information about the offer from Germantown leaders to buy three schools for $25 million. Memphis Daily News, The Commercial Appeal

FUNDING Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger says local public schools need more funding, but he has not signaled whether he’ll recommend boosting revenue for schools in the upcoming budget. Chattanooga Times Free Press

MCQUEEN VISIT Tennessee’s highest education official meets with staff from Hamilton County’s lowest performing schools. WTVC-TV

STEM AHEAD Rogersville schools plan to spend $350,000 next year to implement a new STEM curriculum from kindergarten through eighth grade. Kingsport Times-News

BUDGET WOES Moving into the second year of decreased funding and increased insurance costs, the Unicoi County school board tries to hammer out its budget for the upcoming school year. Johnson City Press

EDITORIAL Shelby County Schools should counter an offer from a suburb to buy three schools. Memphis Business Journal