ROLL CALL!  Shelby County Schools is about 19,000 students short of projected enrollment after the first day of school in Memphis. Chalkbeat

INNER CIRCLE  Here’s who Superintendent Dorsey Hopson leans on to lead Memphis schools. Chalkbeat

SCHOOL NEIGHBOR  For a third time, a Memphis demolition company is asking for permission to expand a landfill near an elementary school in the Frayser community. Memphis Business Journal

FIRST PERSON  A Denver teacher talks about his professional journey as a black male educator — and why having black male colleagues matters in school. Chalkbeat

ECLIPSED  In a reversal, Nashville’s school board votes to close schools for the great solar eclipse on Aug. 21. The Tennessean, WTVF, WSMV

READY TO GO  After a two-day delay due to construction, Nashville’s John Overton High School is scheduled to open today. The Tennessean, WSMV

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION  Nashville’s public transportation system lets students ride its buses for free to school and extracurricular activities. WKRN 

ONLINE REGISTRATION  Hamilton County pilots online registration at 10 Chattanooga-area schools. WRCB

SHOT TIME  With school starting tomorrow in Chattanooga, parents rush to schedule vaccines at the Hamilton County Health Department. WRCB

MEET AND GREET  Hamilton County’s new superintendent tells parents that he wants to increase transparency about the state of the district’s schools.  Times Free Press

OPEN RECORDS  A Tennessee appeals court sides with a Joelton man seeking records from Sumner County Schools. The Tennessean

STREET SMART  Williamson County hopes making parents join teens in driver’s ed will lead to safer streets. Nashville Public Radio

BUS TRACKER  Parents and students use a phone app to monitor school bus locations in Williamson County. Williamson Herald

ENROLLMENT CLIMB  Wilson County Schools is up by more than 400 students, with a shortage of classrooms at three high schools. The Tennessean, WKRN

IT’S LIKE HITTING THE LOTTERY  A Stewart County teacher talks about how a state technical education grant will help her instruct students who want to pursue health occupations. The Leaf-Chronicle

Rutherford County students taking courses in mechatronics and health sciences will soon benefit from new industry-standard equipment, thanks to a half-million-dollar grant from the state. Daily News Journal

DRESS CODE  Some Dickson County students turn to social media to express frustration over how dress code is being enforced. WTVF

FACILITIES STUDY  A study of the facilities and educational programming needs of Greene County Schools kicks into high gear. The Greeneville Sun

SERVICE AWARD  A deputy who is credited with saving the life of a choking child at a Williamson County school is honored by the National Association of School Resource Officers. The Tennessean

FIXING BAD SCHOOLS  What should America do about its worst public schools? States still don’t seem to know. The Washington Post

OPINION: BREAKAWAY DISTRICTS CREATE A CLIMATE OF US VS. THEM  Why pitting the city against the county doesn’t help students in Memphis and Shelby County. The Commercial Appeal