Rise & Shine: Thirteen applicants vie to open charter schools with Shelby County Schools

CHARTER APPLICATIONS While Shelby County Schools revoked the charters of four schools this year, the district also has been taking applications for new charter schools, viewed as a potential tool to drive up the quality of public education in Memphis. Here’s the list of applicants. Chalkbeat

CLOSURE CHART Amid shrinking enrollment, under-utilized school buildings and annual budget shortfalls, school closures have become an annual rite of passage in Memphis in recent years. Explore a sortable list of district-run K-12 schools closed since 2012. Chalkbeat

ON THE TICKET  Christiane Buggs, a candidate for the Nashville school board District 5, remains on the August ballot after withstanding a challenge that alleged she did not meet the residency qualifications to run for the seat. The Tennesseean

CMA FUNDS SCHOOLS The CMA Music Festival draws more than 80,000 fans to Nashville in a weekend, and $1 million of the profits goes to Metro Nashville Public Schools. WSMV-TV

QUESTIONING DISTRICTS  Some fear new voting districts for Washington County Board of Education members could upset the balance maintained for years between students and alumni of the county’s two high schools, and are asking local leaders to reconsider the changes. Johnson City Press

AED BILL Gov. Bill Haslam has signed an expansion of the Tanner Lee Jameson Act into law. Named for a Maryville student who died from cardiac arrhythmia after collapsing during a basketball game in 2009, the act requires that schools must place an AED in the gym or, if there is no gym, it must be in a readily accessible location. The Daily Times

EXPANSION DEBATE County commissioners voice concerns as a high school in the Jackson-Madison school district prepares to move into its own building.  The Jackson Sun

STEAM STUDENTS Bradley County students design and build metal sculptures at a new STEAM Camp put on through a partnership between the district and Cleveland State Community College. Cleveland Daily Banner

HOMECOMING MARCH Columbia native Trevor Baxter has returned to his hometown for the job he says he was born for, serving as Central High School’s Band Director. Columbia Daily Herald

SUMMER SLIDE United WE READ, a community impact initiative of the United Way of Greater Kingsport, is working toward its goal is to see 100 percent of area third graders reading proficiently as it launches its annual summer book club. Kingsport Times-News