Rise & Shine: Why the 2016 budget debate is especially high stakes for Shelby County Schools

SCHOOL FUNDING A dormant state requirement is kicking in after county commissioners approve Shelby County Schools’ budget. Chalkbeat

NEW IDEAS A national bus tour makes a stop in Memphis inviting the community to “rethink” high school. Chalkbeat

CHARTER SCHOOLS Shelby County Schools is considering 13 applications for charters schools to open in 2017. Chalkbeat

GO WITH THE FLOW HopeWorks adjusts to the influx of adult education students after state funding is pulled from Shelby County Schools’ Messick Adult Center. The Commercial Appeal

RELIGION IN SCHOOLS As the State Board of Education reviews its social studies standards, Bradley County will hold a public forum to discuss how religion is taught in schools. Cleveland Daily Banner

PRIVATE FUNDS Another school district Bill & Melinda Gates foundation poured millions of dollars into in Florida had mixed results for teacher recruitment and student achievement. Tampa Bay Times

SENSE OF URGENCY Commentary: The new superintendent of Metro Nashville Schools brings “out of box” thinking in first days on the job. The Tennessean

Clarification, June 14: This post has been update to clarify the State Board of Education, which oversees aspects of the Tennessee Department of Education, is reviewing social studies standards.