Rise & Shine: As Memphis’ last public housing project closes, neighborhood schools and families scramble

MOVING ON Foote Homes has been home to tens of thousands of students attending downtown Memphis schools since the 1940s. But that’s about to change as the city prepares to raze its last public housing project. Chalkbeat

EQUITY AND ESSA  The nation’s new education law could offer a pivotal moment for students of color in Tennessee. But just how pivotal depends on the U.S. Department of Education’s guidance — and Tennessee’s state plan — in implementing the law. Chalkbeat

MEMPHIS RACES  The Board of Education for Shelby County Schools will remain intact, and state races with strong education ties in Memphis also likely will return incumbents who mostly oppose private school tuition vouchers and expansion of Tennessee’s Achievement School District. Chalkbeat, The Commercial Appeal

HIGH TECH HIGH A new teacher at a Memphis charter school hopes to bring a project-based learning approach into her ninth-grade classroom, inspired by what she learned at an innovative school in California. Chalkbeat

NASHVILLE SCHOOL BOARD After spending more than $750,000 on Nashville’s races, the education advocacy group Stand for Children sees all four of the school board candidates it backed lose. The Tennessean

WILL PINKSTON Nashville’s outspoken school board incumbent narrowly defeats his challenger, according to final but unofficial results. The Tennessean

OTHER ELECTION RESULTS  Here’s a roundup of other notable school board race outcomes across Tennessee. The Tennessean, Knoxville News Sentinel, Daily News Journal, Kingsport Times-News, Williamson Herald, Chattanooga Times Free Press

BUS ROUTES Shelby County Schools asks parents to double-check their children’s bus assignments over the next few days for possible changes before school starts next week. WREG-TV

FACILITY TROUBLES Operations are suspended at the Memphis facility that makes and stores food for students at Shelby County Schools because of structural problems that could have endangered employees. The Commercial Appeal, Fox 13-TV

MEETING THE KIDS Hamilton High School’s principal and administrative team walk the Memphis neighborhoods formerly zoned for shuttered Carver High School to meet students that will move to Hamilton this year. The Tri-State Defender

NEW RULES Nashville’s school board changes its rules for members of the public to sign up to appear before the board. The Tennessean

SAFE KIDS Knoxville police and school officials announce new measures aimed to ensure the safety of children as they travel to and from school. Knoxville News Sentinel

MARCHING ON The Kingsport Dobyns-Bennett High School marching band will be marching on a paved practice field, created to the tune of about $400,000. Kingsport Times-News

PUPPETEERING After 16 years as a board member for Murfreesboro City Schools, Nancy Phillips is retiring, but she’s not putting down the puppet. Daily News Journal

HONORS COURSES Dyersburg’s school board discusses a new, more rigorous framework for high school honors classes. Dyersburg State Gazette