BACKING OUT Following a backlash from some critics and only a month after joining, Tennessee pulls out of a multi-state initiative meant to help teachers support students’ emotional well-being. Chalkbeat

ANATOMY OF A LESSON Libertas School of Memphis brings a different approach to boosting test scores in chronically low-performing schools. Find out how the state-run charter school teaches content through experience. Chalkbeat

U.S. EDUCATION SECRETARY John King will make stops across Tennessee next week during a back-to-school bus tour to tout key initiatives of the Obama administration. Chalkbeat, The Associated Press, Knoxville News Sentinel

SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL Every school in Metro Nashville has a social-emotional learning program this year, which focuses on building soft skills in students like team building and self-belief. Nashville Public Radio

NATIONAL RECOGNITION Shelby County Schools’ iZone gets national attention as iZone leader Sharon Griffin is invited to Washington, D.C. WREG-TV

BOARD RAISES Shelby County Schools board members could get a $10,000 pay raise through a proposal under consideration by county commissioners. The Commercial Appeal

UPGRADING A Memphis charter school, The Memphis School of Excellence, is planning a $2 million renovation on its building. Memphis Business Journal

MCQUEEN VISIT Education Commissioner Candice McQueen makes her way across West Tennessee to visit local high schools. WBBJ-TV

HEALTH INSURANCE Changes in health insurance could cost Jackson-Madison County educators at least $100 more per month. The Jackson Sun

GOOD DEAL Officials with the Tennessee Education Lottery say it’s continuing its record-breaking start in ticket sales. WTVC-TV

COUNTY CREDIT Hamilton County has an ongoing debate over whether to dip into the county’s line of credit to buy a paint-striping machine for a local high school. Chattanooga Times Free Press

BUFFING UP TECH New technology is adding resources for students with special needs in Blount County. The Daily Times

GUEST COLUMN The Bodine School works to help dyslexic students in the Mid-South. Memphis Daily News