BREAKAWAY COLUMN A Commercial Appeal column that focuses on how Shelby County suburban districts overcame opposition leaves out important context — and some readers took issue with measuring success in infrastructure without taking into account how the exodus affected the urban school district left behind. Chalkbeat

EAST CONFUSION A Memphis high school opens Monday as a revamped T-STEM school. But confusion lingers on who gets to attend. Chalkbeat

BACK TO SCHOOL Here’s how districts across the state are preparing for the first day of school. The Commercial Appeal, The Jackson Sun, The Cleveland Daily Banner

FINAL PUSH Shelby County community leaders were out in force Saturday making sure everyone had what they need to start school on the right foot. WMC, The Commercial Appeal

FIRST YEAR PLANS The Knoxville superintendent is about to enter his first year at the helm, and he’s evaluating programs and pushing for personalized learning. Knoxville News Sentinel

MOVERS & SHAKERS The new chairman of the Shelby County Democratic Party is Corey Strong, an attorney and special projects director for Shelby County Schools. Memphis Daily News

 JOBS OF TOMORROW Filling jobs has been a tough task for Tennessee manufacturers, and some in the state are focusing on making young people aware of career and technical education opportunities and urging the government to strengthen partnerships between schools and manufacturers. Chattanooga Times Free Press
CAREER GOALS Manufacturing internships are leading young adults into the workforce. The Daily Times
NO DICE A funding request for a new Mt. Juliet high school is not part of the Wilson County Schools budget being forwarded to county commissioners, which could force the district to consider rezoning. The Tennessean
SUPERINTENDENT REFLECTION As departing Superintendent Lyle Ailshie prepares to leave for to become a Tennessee deputy commissioner of education, Kingsport reflects on his tenure. Kingsport Times-News