HARD CONVERSATIONS  In the wake of fatal racist violence in Virginia, educators share ideas for handling students’ questions — and starting classroom conversations. Chalkbeat

FIRST PERSON  ‘I grew up near Charlottesville and got a misleading education about Civil War history. Students deserve better,’ writes Chalkbeat Memphis reporter Laura Faith Kebede.

CHARTER SHIFT  The State Board of Education helps to officially open a charter school in Memphis, marking a shift in how the charter sector can grow in Tennessee. Chalkbeat, WMC

CHARTER POLL  Public support for charter schools has declined substantially in the last year, according to a new national survey by school choice-friendly Education Next. Chalkbeat

LESSON PLANETS  Here’s how five teachers, including one in Oak Ridge, are taking on the Great American Solar Eclipse. Chalkbeat

TURF BATTLES  Shelby County Schools will ask a judge to rule on legal issues surrounding state-run schools in Memphis that have added grade levels, the district’s attorney says. The Commercial Appeal

TECHNOLOGY PUSH  Arlington school leaders make classroom changes for the Digital Age. WMC

DRINKING WATER  Metro Nashville school leaders knowingly let some students drink lead-contaminated water for an entire school year, according to a NewsChannel 5 investigation. WTVF

BIBLE HISTORY  A Chattanooga nonprofit organization presents a $1 million check to Hamilton County Schools to foot the cost of teaching Bible History electives. Times Free Press, WTVC

P.E. GRANTS  BlueCross BlueShield’s health foundation awards physical education grants of $10,000 each to 20 Tennessee schools serving middle-grade students. The Chattanoogan

RURAL EDUCATION  The national voice of rural school districts across the United States is now located on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Times Free Press

REPLACING CLASS RANKS  Instead of ranking students and naming a valedictorian and salutatorian, Maryville High School will recognize students with a laude system. The Daily Times

SOLAR DECISIONS  Wilson County’s school board upholds the district’s decision to hold classes during the solar eclipse after one board member attempted to cancel them. Lebanon Democrat

A Memphis business donates 800 pairs of solar eclipse viewing glasses for students at Cordova Middle School. WMC

The Jackson-Madison County School System purchases 14,000 pairs of glasses for its students and teachers. WBBJ

Here’s the updated list of East Tennessee school districts that have announced plans to close for the event. Knoxville News Sentinel

Oak Ridge students prep for the big day. WATE

FACELIFT  Henry County leaders say it’s time to gussy up a high school that opened in 1969. The Paris Post-Intelligencer

MAGNET SCHOOLS  A Rutherford County leader calls for two more magnet schools. Daily News Journal

COMMENTARY: PERSONALIZED LEARNING  The CEO of Rocketship Education offers up 10 lessons from the charter management orgaization’s first decade of providing K-5 personalized learning to low-income communities, including in Nashville. The 74