INSIDER TALKS Calling their trip to Shelby County a fact-finding mission, the mayor of Signal Mountain and a small committee of citizens meet with leaders from the towns that broke off from Tennessee’s largest school district. Chalkbeat

MOVERS & SHAKERS Kingsport City Schools Superintendent Lyle Ailshie will be the state’s new deputy education commissioner over college, career and technical education. Chalkbeat, WJHL, Kingsport Times-News

UPDATE NEEDED As states work to implement the Every Student Succeeds Act, they need more support to develop and use high-quality research, according to Nathaniel Schwartz, the Tennessee education department’s chief research and strategy officer. Education Week

WEIGHING IN The actions of the Tennessee Department of Education to allow its state-run schools to expand by adding grade levels could amount to “criminal” activity, the attorney for Shelby County Schools says. The Commercial Appeal

DON’T CALL IT A COMEBACK Alishia Coleman-Kiner explains how she’s working to renew her beloved Booker T. Washington High School. High Ground News

BIG DONATION Rep. Harry Brooks announces that he would be giving four Knox County schools more than $66,000 in funding. WVLT, Associated Press

SUMMER LEARNING Dozens of elementary principals gather and watch some of Hamilton County’s top teachers implement a new literacy intervention with summer school students. Times Free Press

WHITE HOUSE Tennessee’s Teacher of the Year, Derek Voiles of Lincoln Heights Middle School, meets with President of the United States Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump during a recent visit. Citizen Tribune

ECLIPSE READY Orion Federal Credit Union is donating 10,000 solar eclipse glasses to 13 Memphis-area schools. The Commercial Appeal

EXPERIMENTING East Tennessee teachers learn colorful lessons in chemistry at the Oak Ridge Associated Universities conference. Knoxville News Sentinel

OPINION Four reasons why Tennessee students struggle to finish college. The Tennessean