Rise & Shine: Tennessee affirms its school funding formula in response to lawsuit over Memphis schools

STATE LAWSUIT In its first response to a funding lawsuit filed last year by Shelby County Schools, the state is denying that its funding model is the cause of financial struggles faced by Tennessee’s largest school district. Chalkbeat

BLACK LIVES MATTER A community meeting following a Black Lives Matter protest in Memphis included conversation about funding for youth programs but largely left schools out of it. Chalkbeat, The Commercial Appeal, The Associated Press

BOARD ELECTION Metro Nashville Public Schools board candidates share personal stories about why they want to lead the district. The Tennessean

REPURPOSE Next year, Lane College students could use portions of Jackson Central-Merry High School’s now vacant campus as part of a larger plan to repurpose the property. The Jackson Sun

SUMMER SLIDE A parent engagement specialist with Clarksville Montgomery County School System offers tips on how parents can keep their children learning all summer. The Leaf-Chronicle

ESSA SURVIVAL Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee talks about how to keep Every Student Succeeds Act, his crowning achievement, from becoming another Obamacare. The 74

BUDGET WOES The Blount County Board of Education will have to take another try at reaching a balanced budget after its request to use its reserve fund fails. The Daily Times