Rise & Shine: Teachers are warming to evaluations as a tool to improve their work, says survey

EVALUATING EVALUATIONS  A survey of state educators shows that most Tennessee teachers believe the evaluation process is improving their teaching. Chalkbeat, The Chattanoogan

GRADING TNREADY  Teachers also overwhelmingly view the state’s standardized test as unhelpful, the survey shows. The Tennessean

ASD REAL ESTATE  Two of three Memphis school buildings left empty by state-run charters get new life, including Raleigh-Egypt Middle School. Chalkbeat 

PREP PROBLEMS  A new study shows why it’s so hard to improve teacher preparation. Chalkbeat

TREZEVANT PROBE  Shelby County’s school board likely will be briefed this month by the three outside attorneys investigating a former high school principal’s allegations of misconduct, including grade tampering. The Daily News

Investigators hired by Shelby County Schools have met with the former principal and his attorney multiple times since the district launched its investigation, a source confirms. Fox13

MEMPHIS HERITAGE  Students at a Memphis high school can take part in a pilot history course incorporating Memphis and African-American history. WMC

HAMILTON LAUNCH  As a fresh school year starts today in Hamilton County, new Superintendent Bryan Johnson faces many of the same challenges the first leader of the newly consolidated city and county school system grappled with two decades ago. Times Free Press

CHARTER DENIAL  Robertson County’s school board denies an amended charter school application for a Springfield-based elementary school start-up. The Tennessean

TRANSPORTATION WOES  Wilson County parents complain about late buses, buses that never arrived, and overcrowded buses during the first week of school. WKRN

#BEaGOODSTAT Maury County launches a social media campaign aimed at making educational achievement a top priority for workforce development, economic competitiveness and quality of life. The Daily Herald

CHROME BOOKS COMING  Dyer County school leaders talk with parents and students about policies for the upcoming distribution of Chromebooks to high school students. State Gazette

NEW LEADER  The Tennessee School for the Deaf welcomes its new leader, the first deaf superintendent in the institution’s history. WBBJ

SOLAR ECLIPSE  Sullivan County Schools will close Aug. 21 for the solar eclipse. Bristol Herald Courier

PUBLIC SCHOOLS NEAR BETSY DEVOS’S HOMETOWN ARE DOING GREAT  Facing down competition from charters and choice, the Grand Rapids Public Schools respond with new initiatives and higher student achievement. nrpEd