Rise & Shine: Memphis student to participate in Michelle Obama’s Beating the Odds Summit

BEATING THE ODDS A Memphis high school graduate is one of two Mid-South students who will share their stories at a White House summit this week about beating the odds to further their education. The Commercial Appeal

MOVING IN Nashville’s new schools director says he’ll be sending his two children this year to neighborhood public schools. Nashville Public Radio

SUMMER FEEDING  In a first for Metro Nashville Public Schools, several schools opened this summer to serve food to children as part of a pilot program that officials say filled a huge need. The Tennessean, video

INTERFAITH FORUM A group of religious leaders in Chattanooga discuss how to work together collectively to improve schools in Hamilton County. Chattanooga Times Free Press

GRAND OPENING Three new schools will celebrate grand openings next Sunday in Nolensville, a fast-growing community in Williamson County. The Tennessean

KNOX COUNTY VOICE  The spokeswoman for Knox County Schools is leaving the district to be communications director for Christian Academy of Knoxville. Knoxville News Sentinel

DIGITAL CONVERSION Alcoa City Schools considers a four-year, $500,000 digital conversion that would provide a computer in the classroom for every student starting in the second grade. The Daily Times

DIRECTOR EVALUATION Bradley County’s school board gives its director strong scores in her first evaluation. Cleveland Daily Banner

POLICY CHANGES  Tighter attendance rules are approved by Bradley County’s school board, while also tweaking graduation requirements and defining the purpose of religious instruction in schools. Cleveland Daily Banner

LEAF ACADEMY After being taught by local law enforcement officers, 28 Bradley County students between ages 12 and 16 graduate from a special six-week academy that stresses academic skills, fitness, teamwork and personal discipline. Cleveland Daily Banner

WELDING PROGRAM A federal grant will fund a new program to teach welding at Lake County High School to address a shortage of certified welders in West Tennessee. Dyersburg State Gazette

MURFREESBORO CANDIDATES Here are profiles of five candidates vying for four seats on the city school board in the Aug. 4 election. Daily News Journal

RUTHERFORD COUNTY CANDIDATES Here are profiles of two candidates in the only competitive county school board race in the Aug. 4 election. Daily News Journal

BUDGET CUTS Cheatham County’s school board cuts $495,000 from the district’s budget and wants to use its fund balance to cover the remaining half million dollars. The Tennessean

COMMENTARY: BLACK LIVES MATTER A week after protesters in Memphis shut down one of the nation’s prime transportation arteries, the discussion should turn to ways to offer the city’s young people a quality public education and decent jobs, writes columnist Ted Evanoff. The Commercial Appeal