Rise & Shine: Former Memphis principal returns home to lead Innovation Zone

HOMECOMING  A former turnaround principal is returning to Memphis as an assistant superintendent overseeing the Innovation Zone and other turnaround work for Shelby County Schools. Chalkbeat

MEMPHIS LIFT  A parent advocacy group trains its first Spanish-speaking cohort. Chalkbeat

DIVERSE TEACHERS  A report from a Nashville education group outlines what prevents diverse candidates from becoming teachers. The Tennessean

SOLAR ECLIPSE  Here’s why Nashville schools are staying open during the Aug. 21 solar eclipse. The Tennessean

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES  A federal judge rules against Hamilton County Schools for removing a second grader with Down syndrome from an elementary school in 2013. Times Free Press

NEXT CHAPTER  The outgoing superintendent of Kingsport City Schools talks about the work he’ll do as the state’s new deputy commissioner of education, including equipping students for college and career. The Greenville Sun, Chalkbeat

NEW SUPERINTENDENT  Jackson-Madison County’s new leader holds his first community meeting. The Jackson Sun

ALTERNATIVE EDUCATION  Johnson City Schools takes a new approach. Johnson City Press

SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION  Wilson County Schools submits a request to build a new high school in Mt. Juliet for $110 million, but plans to open by August 2020 are in question. The Tennessean

OH SAY, CAN YOU SING  A Blount County music teacher sings the national anthem at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Daily Times