YOUNG ADVOCATES When it comes to conversations about education policy, students are often the least heard. But amplifying young voices is the goal of a new program launched in partnership by two Memphis advocacy groups, Campaign for School Equity and Latino Memphis. Chalkbeat

FEWER SUBS Metro Nashville Public Schools is facing a substitute teacher shortage for the third year in a row but district officials say it’s getting better after modifying pay structure and beefing up recruiting. The Tennessean

FORGIVENESS NOT PERMISSION An expensive new culinary arts classroom that was supposed to be approved by Knoxville’s school board is built without permission as the superintendent takes partial responsibility and cites gaps in communication. Knoxville News Sentinel

EQUITY IN POLICY A Chattanooga organization selects 27 community members to draft proposed school system policies to promote equity for the county’s poorest students. Times Free Press

SUBSTANCE ABUSE Dyer County school board approves a program designed “to reduce rates of substance abuse, depression, anxiety, aggression and suicidal behavior” through teaching stress management and healthy relationships. State Gazette

ELEMENTARY JOURNALISM A Nashville charter school teaches its youngest students how to interview and practice their skills on school board and city council members. News Channel 5