TEACHER RAISES Shelby County Schools Superintendent Dorsey Hopson says the promised 3 percent pay increases will show up in most teachers’ paychecks beginning in October after the district receives teacher performance data from the State Department of Education. Chalkbeat

FINDING FACILITIES As the Shelby County Schools board weighs Freedom Preparatory Academy buying the former Lakeview Elementary School, here’s a glimpse into how charters look for buildings. Chalkbeat

CLASSROOM SUPPLIES Kroger donates loads of classroom supplies to Shelby County Schools’ Teacher Toolbox, a free classroom store for teachers. WMC-TV

TEACHER SPOTLIGHT One of Alexia Jones’ former high school teachers inspired her to become an educator, and she hasn’t looked back. Thirty years later, she’s still at Melrose High School in Memphis. Shelby County Schools

SECOND OPINION Charter operator Rocketship says the State Board of Education should approve its proposed school in Nashville on a technicality after being denied by the local board. Tennessee Education Report

COLLEGE BOUND Former Memphis-area resident Jordan Huffman, who has Down syndrome, was accepted to the University of Georgia. The video of him reading his acceptance letter was a hit on mainstream and social media. The Commercial Appeal

TERMINATION A former principal is suing the Jackson-Madison County School System, school board and Superintendent Verna Ruffin, claiming officials violated her First Amendment rights by forcing her to resign from her position. The Jackson Sun

GROWING UP “Earlier this month, I left my heart in Blacksburg.” One Kingsport mother tells her story of dropping off her son at college. Kingsport Times-News

OPERATION UNDERSTANDING Students from Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia made a stop in Nashville to meet Civil Rights icons including Ernest Rip Patton, who was a Freedom Rider. WTVF-TV