Rise & Shine: Tennessee’s attorney general sides with charter schools in battle over student information

LEGAL OPINION Tennessee’s attorney general says requests for student contact information from state-run charter school operators don’t violate a federal student privacy law, but rather are “entirely consistent with it.” Chalkbeat, The Tennessean, Memphis Daily News, Nashville Public Radio, The Associated Press

TRIBUTE The death of a prominent Memphis pastor drew condolences from U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, who praised the Rev. Dwight Montgomery for his education advocacy work. Chalkbeat, The Commercial Appeal, Tri-State Defender

BEYOND HIGH SCHOOL Tennessee’s class of 2017 posts the state’s highest-ever graduation rate of 89.1 percent as most school districts see gains. The Tennessean, WMC, Daily News Journal, The Associated Press

Bradley County students will soon get to choose to work toward the Tennessee Work Ethic Diploma to demonstrate “soft skills” employers say are vital to post-secondary success. Cleveland Daily Banner

LAND USE A proposed expansion of a landfill near an elementary school in Frayser is voted down by the Shelby County Land Use Board after two previous attempts to come before the panel. Memphis Daily News, The Commercial Appeal, WMC, Local Memphis

TEACHER DIVERSITY Efforts to “raise the bar” for becoming a teacher are running headlong into efforts to diversify the profession. Now what? Chalkbeat

DACA A Nashville nonprofit aims to give undocumented students a chance to get financial assistance to attend local universities and also get a mentor. News Channel 5

POVERTY Greater Memphis reclaims its distinction as having the highest poverty rate of any metro area in the nation populated by at least 1 million people. The Commercial Appeal

A DAY IN THE LIFE Here’s a look at a day in the life of Washington County schools director Kimber Halliburton as she starts her second year on the job. Herald & Tribune