EMERGING PARTNERSHIP Grappling with numerous under-enrolled schools and significant neighborhood needs, Memphis school leaders are seeking to fill some empty space by partnering with the Boys & Girls Club. Chalkbeat

RESEARCH SHOWS Are community schools effective, and by what measures? New research from an initiative in Texas and North Carolina finds mixed evidence. Chalkbeat

ON THE AGENDA Last year’s New Schools Venture Fund summit sparked a heated debate about the role of race and politics in education reform. The election of Donald Trump and his appointment of Betsy DeVos as education secretary have only served to exacerbate the strains. Chalkbeat

ON THE SPOT Hamilton County school board plans to vote June 15 who their next superintendent will be as interviewees roll in. Times Free Press

BUDGET SEASON Alcoa City Schools leaders cite “huge increase” in English language learners in budget proposal. The Daily Times

WHERE IT HAPPENS A virtual reality program allows students to study moments in history, and then “visit” the locations. WTVF-TV

MORE MUSIC The Memphis Music Initiative, now in its second year, has opened its own summer programs for children and places local music professionals who teach music education in Shelby County Schools through a fellowship program. High Ground News