Rise & Shine: Signal Mountain leaders look to Shelby County as model for school district secession

BREAKAWAY DISTRICTS  A cluster of towns that broke off from Shelby County Schools to create their own school systems prepares to host visitors from another Tennessee town looking into the viability of leaving Hamilton County Schools. Chalkbeat, Times Free Press

Memphis and Shelby County leaders respond to this week’s national EdBuild report that suggested the 2014 breakaways were motivated by race and a desire to wall off resources from Memphis students. The Commercial Appeal, Chalkbeat

INVESTIGATION  Attorneys investigating allegations of grade changing, corruption, intimidation and other misconduct within Shelby County Schools set up a hotline and email account to seek information. Memphis Daily News

GOING, GOING …  After making several overtures, Germantown leaders say today is the final deadline for Shelby County Schools to consider a $25 million offer for three schools within the suburb’s boundaries. The Commercial Appeal

ONE CHURCH, ONE SCHOOL  Memphis pastors join a national volunteer initiative providing academic aid and character-building to school children. The Commercial Appeal

CHARTER APPLICATIONS  Metro Nashville’s review team recommends denial of both charter school applications submitted by LEAD Public Schools. The Tennessean, Nashville Scene

For a third time, Robertson County’s school board rejects a charter school application for a new Springfield-based elementary school. The Tennessean

OOLTEWAH CASE  The former principal and two other ex-employees of Ooltewah High School file a lawsuit claiming they were mistreated in the days and months after a rape scandal involving students. The Associated Press, Times Free Press

SUPERINTENDENT’S EVALUATION  Maury County’s school board kicks off its evaluation of Superintendent Chris Marczak, who gives himself a three out of five for his second year leading the Middle Tennessee district. The Daily Herald

HEALTH SERVICES  Alcoa students can receive more than basic health screenings at school under the district’s new agreement with a Memphis-based provider.  The Daily Times

TECH INVESTMENT  Kingsport City Schools prepares to buy 150-plus new laptops for teachers and 1,300 Chromebooks for students. Kingsport Times-News

FIGHTING SUMMER SLIDE  Twenty-six Shelby County schools are seeking to keep kids engaged and learning as part of the district’s new Summer Learning Academy. The Commercial Appeal

SUMMER READING  About 9,000 rising first- through third-graders statewide are participating in reading camps this summer at about 200 schools under Tennessee’s Read to be Ready Initiative. The Tennessean, The Daily Herald, The Rogersville Review

STEM ACADEMY  A record number of students from McMinn and Meigs counties participate in a summer STEM academy focused on manufacturing. The Daily Post-Athenian

ESSA WATCH  Growth plus proficiency? Why states are turning to a hybrid strategy for judging schools (and why some experts say they shouldn’t)  Chalkbeat