MONEY FOR SCHOOLS  Memphis school and philanthropic leaders travel to the nation’s capital to hear how a philanthropic group there has raised $120 million for school initiatives in Washington, D.C. Chalkbeat

TEACHER PAY  Growing evidence indicates that higher teacher pay encourages people to enter and stay in the classroom. Chalkbeat

READING STRATEGIES  Nashville and state education leaders weigh in on what works to improve literacy. The Tennessean

HEADING TO CITY HALL  Nashville Mayor Megan Barry names a student as Mayor of the Day based on a summer reading challenge. WTVF

FLU SHOTS  Knox County health officials begin giving vaccinations to elementary and middle school students. WATE, Knoxville News Sentinel 

HELPING HANDS  An after-school program in Knox County teaches elementary school students about the joys of helping other people. Knoxville News Sentinel

SORTING STUDENTS  Collierville parents express concerns about a plan to rezone their students, many to schools that are twice as far as their current schools in suburban Shelby County. The Commercial Appeal

SCAM ALERT  Williamson County leaders warn local businesses of a Texas-based company promoting products with false claims that they support area schools. Franklin Patch, Williamson Source

BUDGET CUTS  Bristol City Schools face cuts to jobs and programs to stay within budget next year, and will use reserve funds this year to cover shortfalls. Bristol Herald Courier, WJHL

PRE-SCHOOL IN PERIL  A budget decision by Sullivan County commissioners may spell the end of a part-time preschool program with Kingsport City Schools. Kingsport Times-News

SCIENCE ED  Putnam County school leaders pinpoint science education in grades 4-8 as a priority, based on the latest student growth scores from the state. Herald-Citizen

READING ON PARADE  The city of Crossville invites the school district’s early literacy council to serve as grand marshal of this year’s reading-themed Christmas parade. Crossville Chronicle

RECONFIGURING  A new plan emerges to consolidate Greene County Schools’ four high schools into two. The Greeneville Sun

ATTENDANCE CAMPAIGN  Hamblen County Schools send letters to parents — and some medical providers — about the importance of school attendance. WVLT

LEG POWER  Elementary school students in Elizabethton gear up to observe Walk and Bike to School Days. Johnson City Press

WHEN BAD STUFF HAPPENS  Here’s how teachers and schools can help children through scary things like hurricanes, mass shootings and racial unrest. NPRed