ESSA A-GO Tennessee and the U.S. Department of Education find common ground in tracking historically underserved students. Chalkbeat

Sen. Lamar Alexander praises federal approval of Tennessee’s new state education plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act. The Knoxville Focus

CHATTANOOGA CRASH For now, a judge won’t offer to dismiss the case of the driver in a Tennessee school bus crash that killed six elementary school students last year in return for his probation. The Associated Press, Chattanooga Times Free Press

REPORTING ABUSE Metro Nashville Public Schools has made several changes to its child abuse and neglect reporting policy, including barring educators from conducting their own investigations. The Associated Press, The Tennessean

MONEY WOES Educators in Bristol, Tennessee and Kingsport are upset that the county budget removes funding from their districts. Kingsport and Bristol had already passed their school year budgets and started teaching when they got the news. WCYB

PRIVACY Metro Schools is trying to cut a deal with state education officials over sharing student data. Nashville Public Radio, Chalkbeat

TOO HIGH Nashville school officials and board scuttled the idea of moving fifth grade to elementary schools after they determined the $300 million price tag was too great. The Tennessean

HARVEY Williamson County school, county, town and law enforcement officials launch a joint campaign for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. The Tennessean

STUDENT VOICE As part of the National Campaign to Stop Violence, middle school students around the country, and in Jackson, are taking the “Do the Write Thing” challenge to end youth violence. The Jackson Sun

GUEST COLUMN Teach901 aims to address Memphis’ teacher shortage by recruiting and retaining educators. The Commercial Appeal