NOT ME After a month of urging parents to leave their contact information out of a list that may be shared with state-run charter schools, Shelby County Schools says 7,700 families have heeded their call. Chalkbeat

CLOSING Unable to reinvent itself, Black Alliance for Educational Options to shut down after nearly 20 years. Chalkbeat

FUTURE OF TEACHING Tennessee’s Instructional Partnership Initiative pairs together educators who have complementary strengths and weaknesses so that they can help one another improve their teaching. Education Week

TEACHER VACANCIES Shelby County Schools is conducting a “full review” of its use of long-term substitute teachers. The Commercial Appeal

SCHOOL FINANCE Speaking to Republican women in Williamson County, governor candidate Beth Harwell says Tennessee’s education funding formula needs to favor growing counties more. The Tennessean

POVERTY & EDUCATION This Memphis tea company in Orange Mound employs mostly single mothers to help them find stability and pursue higher education. Memphis Daily News

FUTURE OF SCHOOLS How mentoring became incorporated into one downtown Memphis charter school’s curriculum. High Ground News

MOVING ON Metro Nashville Public Schools’ chief of staff is leaving just one year into her tenure. The Tennessean

DIFFERENT PD Non-violence training is underway for faculty and staff in Shelby County Schools, based on the principles of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. WMC

GRADE DELAY Some Shelby County Schools students will not get their first report cards of the year on time. WMC, WHBQ

MARCH CANCELS MARCH A marching band competition in Middle Tennessee is canceled because of a white nationalist rally planned nearby. WREG, Knoxville News Sentinel

NO BULLYING Staff and students at Craigmont Middle School are getting a handle on harassment. Decked out in orange and holding an all-school rally, they’re bringing awareness to bullying on Unity Day. Local Memphis