WELCOMING COMMITTEE Emerging from the shadows since federal agents raided several Latino neighborhoods in Memphis, immigrant families were greeted Monday by cheering neighbors and educators as they brought their children back to school amid assurances of protection. Chalkbeat, The Commercial Appeal, Memphis Daily News

BACK-TO-SCHOOL LIST Here are seven things to know about the upcoming school year in Memphis. Chalkbeat

INQUIRY PROMISED Two elected school leaders in Memphis promise to look into a former high school student’s complaint of being pressured to apply to 100 colleges in the quest for millions of dollars in scholarships. Chalkbeat, The Chronicle of Higher Education

ESSA WATCH No Child Left Behind is dead. But have states learned from it? Chalkbeat

MATH LESSONS Math teachers in Shelby County Schools are switching to a new curriculum, Eureka Math. Here’s what that means. The Commercial Appeal

THROUGH COLLEGE Gov. Bill Haslam asks community college leaders where money should be spent and they answer in uniformity: more advisors to get students to graduation. The Tennessean

SPEAKING OUT Former Memphis City Schools board member Reverend Kenneth Whalum, Jr. says it’s time the city “reclaim” education and reverse the decision to give up its charter. Local Memphis

REZONING & INTEGRATION Talks of rezoning school boundaries to counter segregation in Knoxville are expected this year to extend beyond middle schools to elementary and high schools too. Knoxville News Sentinel

FUNDING & FINANCE Hamilton County leaders and community members cite inequities and lack of funding for schools in public forum. Times Free Press

DISTRACTED DRIVING Beginning January 1, any use of a cell phone in hand, not just texting, will be illegal in school zones in Tennessee. WMC