Rise & Shine: Memphis schools have most stable budget in years, but it’s still not enough, says Hopson

TAKING ACCOUNT  Superintendent Dorsey Hopson talks about financial challenges facing Tennessee’s largest district as Shelby County Schools begins a new fiscal year. Chalkbeat

TITLE I  Suburban Shelby County districts explore how to spend a windfall of money meant for poor students. The Commercial Appeal, Chalkbeat

FIREFIGHTER PROGRAM  The Memphis Fire Department starts a two-year training program for high school students in Shelby County Schools. WMC

AKRON TO NASHVILLE  Civic leaders from Ohio visit Nashville for clues on how schools can better prepare students for available jobs and careers in industries poised for growth. Crain’s Cleveland Business

FUNDING LAWSUIT  Madison County commissioners approve an agreement with the City of Jackson that would dismiss their lawsuit over funding for schools. The Jackson Sun, WBBJ

DACA DEBATE  Tennessee’s attorney general signs a letter urging the Trump administration to end a program at the center of a debate over whether Tennessee’s immigrant students should get in-state tuition rates at public colleges. The Tennessean

DEBATE CAMP  Six immigrant students from Nashville public schools participate in a top debate camp in Michigan thanks to the generosity of a private donor. The Tennessean

BUS CONTRACTS  Most of Hamilton County’s independent school bus drivers sign contracts with the district. WTVC

BRYAN JOHNSON  Hamilton County school board members hope a contract with the district’s next superintendent will be finalized in the coming weeks. Times Free Press

DEAF SUPERINTENDENT  The new superintendent of the Tennessee School for the Deaf is the first deaf superintendent in the school’s history. WBIR

LEADERSHIP TRANSITION  As Kingsport’s school board begins the search for a new superintendent, members laud the leadership of Lyle Ailshie, who has resigned to become the state’s deputy commissioner of education. Kingsport Times-News, The Greeneville Sun

JUVENILE JUSTICE  A blue-ribbon panel of Tennessee experts begin looking into the process behind prosecuting and incarcerating juveniles in an effort to increase safety and keep kids out of trouble. WTVF

CHRONIC ABSENTEEISM  Williamson County Schools will take a closer look at attendance rates, especially at the high school level, as it prepares for a new state mandate on chronic absenteeism. The Tennessean

SHOT TIME  Tennessee health officials encourage parents to get their children up-to-date on their vaccines now before the new school year starts. Nolensville Home Page

BAND IS BACK  A few months after cutting band to save money, Bledsoe County school leaders decide to reinstate the program at the district’s high school. WTVC

TEACHER FIELD TRIP  A Maryville high school teacher travels to George Washington’s home to collaborate with historians, curators and other educators. The Daily Times

FREE LUNCHES  The universal free federal meal program is about to end at five of seven Sullivan schools. Kingsport Times-News

TECHTOWN  Hamilton County students experience a different kind of summer camp that includes programing robots, designing video games and producing movies. Times Free Press

CAREER EXPLORATION  Here’s a look at what some students are doing this summer as part of the third annual Rutherford Works High School Internship Program, an initiative developed between the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce and Rutherford County Schools. Daily News Journal

OPINION: PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE THE MOST AMERICAN THING ABOUT AMERICA   Don’t be talking down our schools; roll up your sleeves and get to work, says Buzz Thomas, who recently served as interim superintendent of Knox County Schools. Knoxville News Sentinel