FIRST PERSON A Nashville parent explains why just because her child attends a charter school doesn’t make her the “charter supporter” many would think of. Chalkbeat

SCHOOL TO PRISON The U.S. Department of Justice releases new reports on Shelby County’s juvenile detention showing some progress but omitting a report about equal protection between white and black children. The Commercial Appeal

TEACHER PAY Franklin’s school board looks toward a boost in incentive pay teachers can cash out from accumulated sick days. The Tennessean

BEYOND HIGH SCHOOL Free tuition isn’t enough to get many Tennessee students to enroll in college, according to a new report. The Tennessean, Nashville Public Radio

The same report finds students from rural counties in East Tennessee have limited awareness of the post-secondary opportunities available to them, despite living near the state’s flagship University of Tennessee. Knoxville News Sentinel

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise says it will offer in-state tuition rates to Kentucky and Tennessee students who live within 50 air miles of the campus. Kingsport Times-News

LEADERSHIP The new Hamilton County Schools superintendent shares his vision for the district’s future. Times Free Press

MONEY MATTERS Madison County commissioners pass a budget that includes $103 million for schools, including $2.5 million for capital projects and no tax hike. The Jackson Sun

STEM EDUCATION A Maury County high school receives a $500,000 grant to create an innovation lab where students will work on problem-based learning projects. The Daily Herald

LIFE OUTSIDE SCHOOL At a privately funded school in Oklahoma City, homeless children rely on it because it addresses both education and basic needs. NPR