SECOND CHANCE A charter school opening next year in midtown Memphis has been awarded a $2.5 million grant through a national contest aimed at reinventing America’s high schools. Chalkbeat, Memphis Daily News, The Commercial Appeal

TRAINING TEACHERS More than half of its school districts signed on last year when Tennessee created a network of literacy coaches to help classroom teachers improve their students’ reading. Now entering the program’s second year, another 16 districts are joining up. Chalkbeat

A WARNING A pair of Vanderbilt University professors are warning against reading too closely into a national report that brings into question the common education practice used to identify and support students with learning and behavioral needs. The Tennessean

START SPENDING The new leader of The Urban Child Institute plans to spend $8 million in the next year helping children in the poorest parts of Memphis. Memphis Business Journal

MEMPHIS MUSIC Two Shelby County band programs are now ready to play a sweet tune after a generous donation from the rock band Widespread Panic. WREG

VACCINES Metro Nashville Public Schools announces that 682, or less than 15 percent, of its seventh graders have still not provided proof of immunization. WKRN

WATER TESTING Officials with Metro Nashville Public Schools are voluntarily testing the water for lead in all schools. WSMV

ALLEGATIONS Rape allegations tarnish Nashville’s Brentwood Academy, the elite school for Music City royalty. Washington Post

TURNING TIDE Greene County’s school board and county commission will be considering school closures and dramatic changes to the county school system. The Greeneville Sun

ECLIPSE PREP The upcoming solar eclipse inspires one Tennessee second-grader to raise money for his teacher. The Jackson Sun

With five days left before Monday’s solar eclipse, Rutherford County Schools officials have reversed a previous decision to keep schools open. All county schools will be closed Aug. 21. The Daily News Journal, Patch

GUEST CONTRIBUTOR Here are three ways to raise money for schools and save on deals across the nation. The Tennessean