COLLABORATION Eleven elementary and middle schools from four different charter organizations in Memphis have started working together on a common literacy curriculum as part of a new national KIPP initiative. Chalkbeat

AWARD WINNER Among the 24 new winners of a no-strings-attached prize known as the “Genius Award” is a journalist who focuses on school segregation. Read four of her education stories. Chalkbeat

SCHOOL CHOICE A school choice quandary: parents care more about who attends a school than about its quality, according to a new study. Chalkbeat

LEAD CEO The former LEAD director is set to receive a severance package of $100,000 after his ouster. Nashville Scene

LGBT PROTECTIONS Knox County school board members vote to leave protections in place for LGBT students and employees after a proposal to change the harassment policies was met with backlash from the community. Knoxville News Sentinel

DANCE SCENE A Memphis ballet program is opening a studio at Melrose High School in Orange Mound. High Ground

AMAZON PITCH Memphis leaders say they are making their final push in the next week to lure Amazon to the Bluff City. A big part of the plan includes local education opportunities. WREG

COACH IN QUESTION At a rally outside the Washington County school board office, Gerald Sensabaugh told his supporters he had the backing of enough school board members to be instated as head coach at a high school. WCYB

LESSONS FROM JACKSON The leader of a top-rated Jackson school says their success is linked to using the talents of all staff members. The Hechinger Report

ANOTHER ASD? A task force planning a state-run district for Mississippi’s lowest-rated school systems continues to face tough questions. The Clarion-Ledger