BRIDGE BUILDER  Communicating with Spanish-speaking parents is a challenge in Memphis. Meet the former teacher who’s taking it on. Chalkbeat

CONTEST OF RESILIENCE  A Maury County high school band will host its own competition tomorrow after the abrupt cancellation of the long-running Contest of Champions due to a planned white nationalist protest in Murfreesboro. Columbia Daily Herald

TECH ED  Tennessee receives a $900,000 federal grant to support teacher pipelines for career and technical education. The Chattanoogan, Winchester Herald Chronicle

DRINKING WATER  State lawmakers hear testimony about the potential danger lurking in the drinking water of Tennessee schools. WTVF, WATE

DISTRICT ACCOUNTABILITY  Changes in the state’s accountability standards for districts leave officials with Greeneville City Schools frustrated. The Greeneville Sun

SCHOOL CHOICE  Here’s a look at what’s behind the battle over releasing student data to state-run charter schools. Nashville Scene

BUILDING TO GROW  Rutherford County’s school board reviews a $417 million building plan for the next five years. Daily News Journal

BUS SAFETY  Tennessee lawmakers might soon allow school districts to install something similar to a red light camera on school buses. WATE

OPIOID FORUM  Knox Countians fill Fulton High School to learn more about the opioid epidemic taking hold in East Tennessee. WBIR

SUPERVISOR OF THE YEAR  Meet the Sevier County administrator who received the state’s top supervisory award this year. The Mountain Press

GRAMMY NOD  A music teacher at a Sumner County elementary school is named one of 25 semifinalists for the Grammy Music Educator Award. The Tennessean

TEACHER TALK  A Blount County teacher and SCORE fellow traces the state’s education journey during a presentation to Rotary Club members in Maryville. The Daily Times

EXIT  The spokeswoman for Hamilton County Schools is leaving for a job with the state. The Chattanoogan, WDEF

POLLING PLACES  Wilson County school officials cite safety as the reason behind their decision to close schools to accommodate a special election. The Tennessean

DEVOS ACCESS  U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos had breakfast with pro-Trump billionaire Peter Thiel and visited start-ups aimed at reshaping education, according to a detailed schedule of her first months in office. Chalkbeat

KIDS WITH DYSLEXIA  How well does your state support them? The Hechinger Report