CAMPAIGN FINANCE  At least six candidates running in contested races for the Tennessee House of Representatives are attracting money from groups and individuals with education policy goals. Chalkbeat

Media, political money filters into Knox school board race. Knoxville News Sentinel

VOUCHERS Up to 20,000 Tennessee families can now request funds from the state’s first education voucher program, which opened applications Monday. Chalkbeat, The Tennessean, Kingsport Times-News

NEW GENERATION  Shelby County Schools awarded Booker T. Washington High School’s 2010 valedictorian the “Rising Star New Teacher Award.” WMC-TV

Soulsville Charter School graduate returns as teacher. Stax Museum of American Soul Music

RIDE TO SCHOOL MATA announces annual reduced fares for Shelby County Schools students. WHBQ-TV

SCHOOL CLOSURES A vacant Memphis school that has been closed for years could be repurposed for the community if a former school board member has his way. WHBQ-TV

A NEW HOME After weeks of living in hotels, a Memphis teen and his mother who captivated a national audience are now in their very own home, away from the poverty that had consumed their lives. WHBQ-TV, The Commercial Appeal

RETHINKING HIGH SCHOOL The Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce wants to open a 6-year high school that trains students for jobs. WREG-TV

NEW LOOK Metro Nashville Public Schools will start the new year with a new website and logo for the 2016-17 school year. The Tennessean, WKRN-TV

BACK TO SCHOOL A snapshot of what’s new in Nashville area school districts as the start of another year approaches. The Tennessean, WSMV-TV

School starts in Jackson-Madison County School System after five schools were closed to help restructure the district. The Jackson Sun

Tate County Schools in Mississippi pushes back the start date of one of its high schools, unsure if it will shutdown. WREG-TV

GEARING UP A Nashville middle school follows new Director of Schools Shawn Joseph’s lead in gathering more community feedback in serving students. The Tennessean

FOOD TRUCK FUNDS Sixteen Nashville area food trucks will donate a portion of all sales to a new high school’s athletic and cheerleading programs. The Tennessean

POLICE IN SCHOOLS The mother of a Murfreesboro elementary school student has filed a lawsuit against an officer who handcuffed her daughter. The Associated Press

SHARING IDEAS Hamilton County educators attend Innovate, Create and Engage Institute as the district’s leadership hopes to foster a climate that encourages teacher voices and leadership in schools systemwide. Chattanooga Times Free Press

TEACHERS AS ENTREPRENEURS Winning ideas at Chattanooga’s Teacherpreneur, an incubator program that equips teachers to develop business plans for educational initiatives, include how to reduce lunch waste and redistribute to families in need. Chattanooga Times Free Press

MOVING ON Richard Bales to retire as superintendent of Johnson City Schools. Johnson City Press

PARTING WORDS Outgoing school board members call for continued improvement, focus on students. Knoxville News Sentinel

LITERACY Maryville students to see more reading programs this year. Knoxville News Sentinel

FINANCIAL LITERACY Chattanooga teens learn money management while working during summer program. Chattanooga Times Free Press

COMMENTARY Turn closed schools over to social entrepreneurs. The Commercial Appeal