SUPERINTENDENT CONTRACT Shelby County Schools board members who have questions about Superintendent Dorsey Hopson’s contract are bringing in a top Memphis attorney to help them get answers. Chalkbeat

REFLECTIONS An unexpected effect of the Common Core: facilitating Jared Kushner’s political awakening. Chalkbeat

BLACK HISTORY A Kirby High School teacher designs an African-American history curriculum inspired by the Memphis Heritage Trail. Tri-State Defender

DACA DEFENSE Students from across the state travel to Nashville to bring awareness to the Trump administration’s attempts to repeal protections for children of undocumented immigrants as Vice President Mike Pence visits Tennessee. WHBQ, Times Free Press

FRESH START What’s new and what’s not in the coming school year for Shelby County Schools. Memphis Daily News

SCHOOL CLOSURES Chattanooga business leaders urge school officials to consider closing underutilized schools and use the savings for teacher training overhauling how they are paid. Times Free Press

ENERGY SAVINGS Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools launches 15 propane-powered school buses, making it the largest alternative fuel school bus fleet in the state. The Leaf Chronicle

MOVERS & SHAKERS Kevin Dean, the former executive director of Literacy Mid-South, wants to increase diversity and capacity for Memphis nonprofits as new CEO of The Alliance for Nonprofit Excellence. Memphis Business Journal

BUILDING SUPPORT Wilson County school and county officials agree there’s a need for a new high school, but reluctance to raise property taxes may force the school district to rezone instead. The Tennessean

HOME VISIT Murfreesboro school teachers take field trip to students’ homes. Daily News Journal

BEYOND HIGH SCHOOL Coding bootcamps were supposed to be the next big thing in job training. The enchantment around the model appears to be wearing off, though. Slate

DREAM DEFERRED He went to ICE to tell agents he had gotten into college. Now he and his brother have been deported. The Washington Post