CHALKBEAT EXPLAINS The sharing of student information is at the center of the latest squabble between Shelby County Schools and state-authorized charter schools — making it more important than ever for Memphis parents to know what’s at stake. Chalkbeat

CONSEQUENCES OF CLOSURE Shutting down schools with low test scores doesn’t help student learning and disproportionately affects students of color, according to one of the largest studies ever of school closures. Chalkbeat

TEACHER SHORTAGE Three weeks into the new school year and Shelby County Schools is still short nearly 100 teachers. Local Memphis

TEACHER DIVERSITY Four Tennessee universities will use state funds to delve into how they can increase educator diversity across the state. The Tennessean

NEW LOOK A Chattanooga high school marketing class is helping the firm hired to rebrand Hamilton County Schools. The Chattanoogan

PULL OUT A Nashville charter operator pulls its two applications to open new schools after its CEO resigns. Nashville Scene

NEW LEADER Kingsport City Schools selects search firm to hire new superintendent. WJHL

DIRE NEED A longtime Johnson City mentoring program loses a grant from the state that represented 40 percent of its budget. Johnson City Press

ARRESTED AT SCHOOL A Murfreesboro family that sued the city and county when three of their children were arrested at Hobgood Elementary School last year has accepted aN $86,000 settlement. WKRN

OPINION: OPT OUT The over-emphasis on standardized testing is having a larger negative impact on the overall education of our students and teachers and their classroom environments. The Commercial Appeal