TEACHER PREP 2.0 Relay Graduate School of Education is among alternative teacher prep programs gaining momentum and legitimacy, but also drawing criticism from the establishment. Chalkbeat

ROLL CALL Why it’s hard to get students to come to class — and what one Memphis school is doing about it. Chalkbeat

PRIVATE FOR PUBLIC A plan to renovate and expand White Station High School using private dollars clears a hurdle in Memphis. The Commercial Appeal

FIXING A FAILING SCHOOL How one leader took an all-girls charter from dismal to desirable in Chattanooga. The Atlantic

RAISES? Pay raises for the Shelby County School board stalls after the County Commission’s education committee voted to send the issue to an ad hoc committee. The Commercial Appeal 

CONSENSUS BUILDING Nashville Mayor Megan Barry urges collaboration between the city’s housing agency and public schools before plans are finalized for the controversial proposal to construct a new building for an East Nashville charter school. The Tennessean

FIRING BACK The Rocketship executive responds to Metro Nashville Superintendent Shawn Joseph’s call to uphold denial of a charter school’s application. The Tennessean

CLEAN CLOTHES A school laundry program by Whirpoool tries to dry up chronic absenteeism in some Tennessee districts. WREG-TV

HR HIRE Nashville Superintendent Shawn Joseph fills one of the last remaining key administrative positions in the district’s head offices through the hiring of a new human resources officer. The Tennessean

CLOWN PANIC The latest social media circus hasn’t been fun or games this week for East Tennessee students who have received threatening messages from people masquerading as creepy clowns online. Knoxville News Sentinel, WBIR-TV

SHOWING UP Maury County Public Schools announces the school system has seen a record-breaking attendance rate so far this  year. Columbia Daily Herald

LITERACY DONATION Nissan North America extends its commitment to early childhood literacy in Middle Tennessee by granting $100,000 to Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation. Yahoo Sports

ACTIVE SHOOTER TRAINING A Knoxville FBI special agent gives a presentation on active shooter training for Knox County Schools. WATE-TV

KIPP SPEAKS OUT A national charter network is urging its schools to take action this week to show support for the family of Terence Crutcher, the black man shot and killed this week by a police officer in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Chalkbeat

SCHOOLS DIVIDED Segregation isn’t just the city’s problem: Why Indianapolis Public Schools can’t integrate on its own. Chalkbeat