Rise & Shine: Here are more allegations from a principal’s letter that’s shaking up Memphis schools

WIDENING PROBE  Beyond grade tampering, here are the other allegations made by a former Memphis principal, as well as who will be investigating them for Shelby County Schools. Chalkbeat 

A Shelby County commissioner wants a more thorough investigation of grading irregularities and asks the state to reconsider letting Shelby County Schools hire its own auditor. Local Memphis

CHARTER DIVIDE  Why for-profit charter schools are going out of style with some education reform leaders. Chalkbeat

TNREADY DELAYS  Sevier County students join others across the state in not having TNReady test scores included on their final report cards. The Mountain Press

FUNDING LAWSUIT  Jackson-Madison County’s school board votes to join the county’s lawsuit against the city over school funding. The Jackson Sun, WBBJ

SCHOOL CRIMES  Reported crimes in Tennessee schools decreased statewide by 8.8 percent from 2014 to2016, says a new study by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.  Lebanon Democrat

NEXT TIME  After presenting a county budget without a tax increase for schools, Hamilton County’s mayor says more funding should be secured for education in future years.  Times Free Press

SUPERINTENDENT SEARCHES  The last finalist interviewed, Hamilton County interim superintendent Kirk Kelly makes his pitch to keep the job. Times Free Press

The former superintendent in Lake and Lauderdale counties prepares to take the helm of Haywood County Schools. The Jackson Sun

An assistant superintendent from Colorado signs her contract to lead Cheatham County Schools. The Tennessean

SOLAR ECLIPSE  With their county named one of the nation’s best places to see an Aug. 21 solar eclipse, Sumner County officials plan to close school that day to mitigate tourist traffic. The Tennessean

BUDGET BLUES  Dickson County school leaders must cut $5 million from a district budget that was rejected by city and county leaders. The Tennessean

Washington County’s school board opts to cut 24 teacher and instructional assistant positions to balance next year’s budget. WCYB

CHROMEBOOKS  Blount County Schools will lease 4,300 computers and fund $1.2 million in capital improvements next school year. The Daily Times

STEM CAMP  Blount County students in grades 4-8 spend a week at Maryville College to write programs, design robots, build water filtration systems and develop a deeper understanding of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The Daily Times

HOW TEACHERS DRESS  After recently updating its student dress code, Cocke County’s school board turns its attention to teachers’ attire. Citizen  Tribune

SUMMER READS  Summer programs aim to increase reading proficiency for Knox County students. WATE

HOW GOOGLE TOOK OVER THE CLASSROOM  The tech giant is transforming public education with low-cost laptops and free apps. But schools may be giving Google more than they are getting. The New York Times