Rise & Shine: Shelby County Schools’ $84 million ‘rainy day fund’ raises eyebrows

RAINY DAY FUND  Shelby County Schools’ $84 million “rainy day fund” garners attention in a district serving a large number of impoverished students — and as its leaders complain of being woefully underfunded by the state. Chalkbeat

SURVEY SAYS  Tennessee voters say they would be more likely to support a candidate for governor who promised to boost teacher pay and expand school choice, according to a new survey. Chalkbeat, The Tennessean, The Associated Press

ROOF DAMAGE  Roof damage is so bad at one elementary school in Memphis that it will need to temporarily move out — and two schools will begin the school year late. Chalkbeat

DEVOS V. DUNCAN  Former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan criticizes Betsey DeVos for not reaching out to him for advice and for rolling back civil rights protections. Chalkbeat

MOVING SCHOOLS  Twenty-six rising eighth-grade students in Memphis will finish their middle school education at Aspire Coleman after the charter network and Shelby County Schools reached a deal. The Commercial Appeal

ATTEMPTED MOVE  Shelby County Commissioners call on Gateway University Charter School to stick by its original plan to open in downtown Memphis after the school announced it would open in a suburb. Memphis Daily News

SCHOOL SUPPLIES  The cost of back-to-school items is increasing, and parents in Shelby County are feeling the strain on their wallets. WHBQ

SUPERINTENDENT SPEAKS  It’s the last week of summer break for Memphis public school students, and Superintendent Dorsey Hopson says the district is ready for the first day of school despite staffing shortages. WREG

TITLE IX  A parent files a federal Title IX lawsuit against Metro Nashville Public Schools and says her 15-year-old daughter was sexually assaulted by classmates and it was recorded on video. The Tennessean, WSMV

SUICIDE PREVENTION  Former University of Tennessee football coach Phillip Fulmer speaks to Knox County teachers about suicide prevention as the schools prepare to implement a new suicide prevention program. WBIR

BUDGET CUTS  The Dickson County School Board awaits decisions after trimming $1 million from its budget for the upcoming school year. The Tennessean

STUDENT DRIVERS  Williamson County Schools now requires new student drivers to complete a mandatory course before receiving parking permits. WSMV

SOLAR ECLIPSE  Bradley County and Cleveland City Schools will close school for student safety and so that families can view the solar eclipse together on Aug. 21. Times Free Press

NEW SCHOOL Newly opened Springdale Elementary School seeks to impress Wilson County parents and students with its technology and community. The Tennessean

BUS DRIVER TRAINING  Both new and veteran bus drivers working for Robertson County Schools are gearing up for the school year with safety training. WKRN