FUNDING FIGHT  Lawyers for the state and Nashville face off in court as the city’s school system seeks money for English language learners promised under Tennessee’s newly revised education funding plan. Chalkbeat

HOW I TEACH  A Memphis teacher shares how collaboration with teachers and communication with parents make a difference in the classroom. Chalkbeat

CHARTER APPEALS  Two charter school operators appeal to the State Board of Education after the school board for Shelby County Schools rejects their applications to open new Memphis schools. The Commercial Appeal, Chalkbeat

STEM GRANT  Through a $4 million grant from the Nashville Science Foundation, the University of Memphis is connecting teachers with industry leaders to get the word out about STEM. WREG-TV

UTILITY ISSUE  Millington Central High School is closed today due to a utility issue. The Commercial Appeal

FLU VACCINES  The Knox County Health Department reverts to flu shots instead of the FluMist nasal vaccine at in-school clinics. Knoxville News Sentinel

PARENTS’ BILL OF RIGHTS  Parents and PTO leaders draft a new ‘Bill of Rights’ to clarify parents’ rights and responsibilities within Williamson County Schools. The Tennessean

WALKING TO SCHOOL  Nashville is now home to a notable mapmaker, who is using his skills to help families and students find safe walking routes to their schools. Nashville Public Radio

MARIACHI MUSIC  About 150 students from 10 countries participate in a mariachi music program at two Nashville schools. The Tennessean

MAYOR FOR A DAY  A middle school student is named Nashville Mayor for a Day after participating in a reading challenge over the summer. WKRN-TV

BRIDGING THE GAP  A Blount County elementary school hosts a monthly breakfast so its teachers can get to know the parents of its Hispanic students. The Daily Times

HOMECOMING ESCORT  A Greenback High School cheerleader nominated for homecoming court invites a classmate with Down syndrome to escort her to the festivities at her East Tennessee school. WATE-TV

SEEKING GUIDANCE   Education leaders are increasingly recognizing the pivotal role of the school guidance counselor in the lives of students, particularly low-income and first-generation ones who might not have another adult in their lives who applied to and attended college. The Atlantic