Rise & Shine: Shelby County Schools taps large Memphis firm to take over state funding lawsuit

FUNDING LAWSUIT After initially hiring lawyers with experience on school funding suits to file a lawsuit against the state, Shelby County Schools has turned to a local law firm to press the case. Chalkbeat

CHARTER DEBTAE A school board candidate forum this week has become another flashpoint over Nashville’s charter schools. Three sitting board members have refused to participate, questioning the organizer’s motives. Nashville Public Radio

SCHOOL DEMOLITION A 104-year-old elementary school is brought to the ground after the Hamilton County school board decided to close it due to low enrollment. Chattanooga Times Free Press

PARENT SUPPORT Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis is partnering with a foundation to offer a support line for parents to call for help in challenging situations. WREG-TV

MUSIC CITY A national Disney music tour will practice in a Nashville high school for a month. In exchange, the group will donate $5,000 to the school’s band program. WSMV-TV

LOW RANKINGS The Annual Kids County report reveals troubling numbers for Mid-South states, including Tennessee, in terms of child hunger. WHBQ-TV

REPAIRS NEEDED Maury County Schools is in need of $5 million in repairs to its athletic facilities, according to the district’s athletic director. Columbia Daily Herald

BUDGET APPROVAL The city of Dyersburg approve’s the district’s $21.6 million budget. Dyersburg State Gazette

NEW EQUATION Three veteran New York City educators are trying to change the way math teachers are trained. Chalkbeat New York