Rise & Shine: Meet the interim leader of Tennessee’s school turnaround district

MOVERS & SHAKERS When Education Commissioner Candice McQueen sought a temporary chief for Tennessee’s Achievement School District, she turned to a behind-the-scenes administrator who is well-versed about the unique turnaround district. Chalkbeat

OPTIONAL SCHOOLS The process for applying to some of Memphis’ most sought-after public schools is under review by Shelby County Schools. Chalkbeat

AWARD Mike Winstead, the director of Maryville City Schools, is this year’s Superintendent of the Year in Tennessee. Chalkbeat, The Daily Times

IRMA REMNANTS Several school districts in southeast Tennessee close as Irma rolls through. Times Free Press

LESSONS IN TRAGEDY Cleveland high school teachers reflect on how they talk about 9/11 to students who weren’t even born yet. Cleveland Daily Banner

Students in Nashville react to learning more about the fateful terrorist attacks as they grow older. WSMV

LGBT RIGHTS Knox County school board appears poised to reverse course after LGBT activists push back on a proposal to remove language explicitly protecting gay, lesbian and transgender employees from its harassment policy. Knoxville News Sentinel

STUDENT GROWTH Hamilton County Schools receives the lowest possible growth score on state tests, despite having nearly the same number of schools receiving the highest and lowest scores. Times Free Press

TEACHER PAY Blount County Schools preparing to deliver $360,000 in back pay to teachers after a union lawsuit. The Daily Times

UNDER INVESTIGATION A Knox County Commissioner is placed on leave from her job as a special education teacher after state officials open an investigation at the school where she works. Knoxville News Sentinel