TABLE TALKS  Shelby County Schools and the Achievement School District came together with a mediator to learn how to play nice. It didn’t work. Chalkbeat

FIRST PERSON  “I went viral in 2015 after photographs showed me walking my students home from school in Memphis,” recalls a former elementary school teacher. “Here’s what got lost in the shuffle.” Chalkbeat

INTEGRATION MANDATES  A new study finds that students of color are more likely to drop out of school after courts lift school desegregation orders. Chalkbeat

BETTER HEALTH, BETTER LEARNING  Experts at a health and education summit in Nashville say the health and well-being of Tennessee’s children is getting in the way of learning. The Tennessean, WTVF 

DISPARITY IN DISCIPLINE  As states like Tennessee seek to reduce suspensions, schools look for other ways to handle discipline. Education Dive

SEX ABUSE ED  A Nashville advocacy group voices its concern that Tennessee schools are skirting a state law about sex abuse education to avoid getting sued. WTVF

WELL DONE  Gov. Bill Haslam and his wife, Crissy, welcome about 100 children to a Kid’s State Dinner at their Tennessee residence to celebrate outstanding achievement in summer reading. Dyersburg State Gazette, The Jackson Sun

SUMMER LEARNING  Data shows that summer school made a difference countering summer slide in Greene County Schools. The Greeneville Sun

NUMBERS UP  Cleveland City Schools sets an enrollment record. WDEF

OPINION: DON’T DUMP ON FRAYSER  A Memphis construction company’s third attempt to locate a landfill in the Frayser neighborhood — not far from an elementary school — should be denied, says one neighborhood leader. The Commercial Appeal

OPINION: A CALL FOR HEALTHIER SCHOOLS  The overall well-being of students is intrinsically linked with their academic achievement, says former U.S. Sen. Bill Frist in a joint column with Jill Biden, the nation’s former second lady. The Tennessean