NAACP COMES TO TOWN Declaring their desire to understand the nuances of charter schools in cities like Memphis, members of a national NAACP task force dug in this week to the nitty-gritty of the education reform tool and how it’s impacting everything from funding to equity. Chalkbeat, Memphis Daily News, WBRC-TV

APPLICATION IN The founder of a Memphis-based charter organization believes he has what it takes to save a under-enrolled school within the Achievement School District that is in need of a new operator. Chalkbeat

VOUCHERS Rep. Bill Dunn: A school vouchers bill will come up again in the General Assembly this year, despite resolutions passed by local school boards opposing the issue. Knoxville News Sentinel

ESSA Tennessee’s Education Commissioner Candice McQueen makes a pit stop in Bristol as part of a statewide tour to push the new Every Student Succeeds Act. WYBC-TV

RAISING THE BAR A Mid-South nonprofit builds a network to raise literacy levels. Memphis Daily News

CONTESTED POLICY Debate over changes that would shift some responsibilities from the superintendent back to the Knox County school board drew pointed criticism between new and established board members. Knoxville News Sentinel

SCHOOL RELOCATION Despite a report that shows moving a Nashville school would affect diversity, many community members showed up to a Nashville public schools board meeting in support of relocation. Nashville SceneThe Tennessean

TOO MUCH BUS TIME Knoxville parents once again told school district officials they don’t want their children bused to schools far from their homes as the district examines how to redraw zoning maps to accommodate two new schools. Knoxville News Sentinel

UNLICENCED TEACHERS Nashville public schools put unlicensed educators in positions of power inside the district, according to aNewsChannel 5 investigation. WTVF-TV

LEADER WANTED Twelve people have applied for the position of superintendent of the Jackson-Madison County School System since the application opened in December. The Jackson Sun

VIDEO: Parents at a Memphis elementary learn techniques to better help their children in school. The Commercial Appeal

OPINION: A Memphis pastor explains why he was taken back by the NAACP’s national board as they adopted a moratorium on new charter public schools. Memphis Daily News