ELECTION SEASON  While the nine-member board for Shelby County Schools will remain essentially intact this fall, two candidates in the only contested race offer up their positions on school closures, enrollment challenges and collaboration with the state’s turnaround district. Chalkbeat

AMENDED BUDGET  The final numbers are in for Shelby County Schools and the quest for funding of Tennessee’s largest public school system.  Memphis Daily News

FORCED RESIGNATION  Students at Memphis Manassas High School protest the forced resignation of a beloved educator just weeks before the start of the new school year. WMC-TV

NASHVILLE SCHOOLS   With less than a week to go before the first bell, Metro Nashville Public Schools needs to fill more than 100 teacher spots.  The Tennessean

NASHVILLE RACE  Nashville’s new superintendent says he’s steering clear of the testy school board races going on now. Nashville Public Radio

WILLIAMSON RACE  Among the most intense school board races in Middle Tennessee is in Williamson County, where voters hope the results will bring some order to what’s been a fractious board. Nashville Public Radio

BLOCKED TEACHER PREP  The State Board of Education’s decision to deny approval of Bethel University’s School of Education in McKenzie will be challenged, says the school’s president. The Jackson Sun

CODE CREW  A Memphis East High School graduate and former software developer talks about a Memphis organization that teaches computer coding basics to young blacks, Hispanics and females — all demographics that are under-represented in the tech world. Memphis Flyer

BAD REPORT CARD  The physical structure of all five Athens schools ranks poorly based on a 400-page assessment by an engineering firm. The Daily Post-Athenian

TESTING TIME CUTS   A roughly 30 percent cut in the amount of time youngsters will be taking tests in the coming school year is welcome news to the director of Etowah City Schools. The Daily Post-Athenian

HOUSE CALLS  Teachers at a Smyrna elementary school go door to door to deliver goodies, information and hugs to about 500 students before the start of the school year. Daily News Journal

STUDENT RESOURCES  In Rutherford County, here are four places that families can use to help their students succeed. Daily News Journal

BIG TICKET  The Alcoa Public Building Authority closes out $35 million in funding on the new Alcoa High School. The Daily Times

RELIGION IN THE CLASSROOM  Greeneville’s school board aligns district policy with a new state law mandating that religious themes in classes such as social studies must be presented in an objective, factual and respectful manner.  The Greeneville Sun

BACK TO SCHOOL  Districts begin back-to-school events so students and parents can visit their schools, teachers and administrators. Kingsport Times-News, The Tennessean

END-OF-SUMMER PARTY  A wellness center teams up with the Jackson-Madison County school system to throw a party for district employees as summer ends and school begins. The Jackson Sun

EARNING FOR LEARNING  A Johnson City mall kicks off its annual campaign to let shoppers earn points for their schools — and the chance to win cash prizes. Johnson City Press

HOMELESS STUDENTS  The U.S. Department of Education issues guidance for states and school districts on how to respond to the specific needs of homeless students. The Washington Post

COMMENTARY: TOO MANY TROPHIES, TOO LITTLE COMMON SENSE  The state athletic association’s board has creating a high school football playoff system that makes Tennessee a laughingstock for the absurd number of state champions it will crown, and then tops it off by ensuring an even wider gap in relations between public and private schools. Chattanooga Times Free Press