Rise & Shine: Memphis charters could soon qualify for free rent in district-owned buildings

SCHOOL FINANCE In a sea change, some Memphis charters could soon use district buildings without paying rent, though which would qualify is yet to be determined. Chalkbeat

INPUT WANTED Bill Gates announced last Thursday that his foundation would pour more than $1 billion into a new effort to improve schools. Now, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is asking how to do it right. Chalkbeat

NATIONAL LOOK Charter school enrollment is continuing to tick upward in cities across the country. And in 208 districts, at least 10 percent of public-school students attended a charter last school year. Chalkbeat

TNREADY Williamson County school board members pass a resolution asking the state legislature to eliminate the use of TNReady scores in elementary final grades and only allow the scores to count as 10 percent of final grades for middle school. The Tennessean

FUTURE ELECTION Republican candidates for Tennessee governor weigh in on education issues — including state testing — during a forum. Memphis Daily News

BIG SPENDING The renovation of a Nashville high school is over budget by about $13 million, according to school officials. The Tennessean

SCHOOL POLICY A student at a Collierville school challenges the suburban district’s absence policy, which does not count all religious holidays as excused absences. The Commercial Appeal 

UPGRADES A group of supporters of Houston High School, located in a Memphis suburb, commit to cover about $1.7 million of the estimated $3.5 million cost of expansions to the school. The Commerical Appeal

COMPETITION STARTS Tennessee’s annual student essay competition is open for submissions, and this year’s topic focuses on citizenship. The Tennessean

AWARD FINALIST The chief financial officer for Shelby County Schools was a finalist for the Memphis Business Journal’s CFO of the Year. Memphis Business Journal