Rise & Shine: Shelby County Schools close to filling budget gap — sort of

BUDGET GAP Memphis school officials thought their budget gap likely would shrink by $22 million after leaving discussions Wednesday with Shelby County commissioners. But within an hour, the amount was up in the air again — though still not likely to change. Chalkbeat, The Commercial AppealWREG-TVWHBQ-TV, Memphis Daily News

FUNDING FIGHT Nashville’s school board this week became the third of Tennessee’s four urban school boards to vote in favor of suing the state for more funding. Tennessee Education Commissioner Candice McQueen expresses dissapointment in the board’s decision. Chalkbeat, The Tennessean

FIRST DAY Knox County Schools interim Superintendent Buzz Thomas describes his first day on the job as “nonstop.” Knoxville News Sentinel

LITERACY LAB Hamilton County Department of Education is hoping to take a more hands-on approach to literacy this upcoming year, starting this summer with its new “literacy lab.” Chattanooga Times Free Press

CONTRACT HOLD The Sullivan County school board decides to wait to approve contracts with architects for two new schools that could cost about $80 million to $85 million. Kingsport Times-News

SUMMER SCHOOL Jackson-Madison schools begin their SMART, or science, math, academics, reading and technology, summer academies. The Jackson Sun