FIRST PERSON  “My high school told me to apply for 100 colleges — and I almost lost myself in the process,” says one high school graduate from Shelby County Schools. Chalkbeat

PRIORITY SCHOOLS  Chattanooga’s City Council delays a vote on its position on state oversight plans for five struggling Hamilton County schools. Times Free Press. The Chattanoogan

BUS SAFETY  Tennessee Congressman Steve Cohen presses federal transportation officials on school bus safety and seat belt issues raised by last year’s deadly crash in Chattanooga. Times Free Press

CHILDREN’S SERVICES  After more than 16 years, the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services is free of federal oversight from a 2001 settlement over its treatment of foster care children. The Associated Press, Times Free Press, The Tennessean, WSMV

SOLAR ECLIPSE  Wilson County teachers get training on how to teach their students about the solar eclipse coming on Aug. 21. WSMV

Franklin Special School District purchases special glasses so students and staff can safely watch the eclipse from school. The Tennessean

After consulting federal and state safety officials, Cheatham County officials opt to close school for the solar event. WTVF, WKRN

Here’s a list of which districts are closing and which ones are staying open for the solar eclipse. WKRN

CAMPAIGN EMAILS  A candidate for the state Senate blasts emails to fellow Nashville school employees asking for donations — a violation of school policy. Nashville Scene

PAY RAISE  Franklin’s school board approves a $48 million budget, up nearly 6 percent from last year, to include technology investments and a 2 percent pay raise for some educators. The Tennessean, Williamson Herald

BUS DRILL  Dickson County Schools team up with local emergency management crews to train for crisis scenarios in the event of a bus crash. WKRN

NEW SCHOOLS  Two new schools are coming to fast-growing Spring Hill after Maury County commissioners approve $65 million in bonds to fund the construction. The Daily Herald

GROUNDBREAKING  After years of planning, Washington County leaders break ground on a new K-8 school to replace two aging schools in Boones Creek. WCYB

BACK TO SCHOOL  Dyer County Schools prepares for a back-to-school bash that will also kick off an initiative focusing on positive behavior. State Gazette

OPINION: TENNESSEE’S NEW PRE-K APPROACH  Some districts are getting less money this school year for pre-K programs — and that’s a good thing under a new state law focused on quality pre-K, says one of the law’s sponsors. The Commercial Appeal