CHARTER FUNDING A new report from the University of Arkansas says charter schools in Memphis stand out in the national landscape when it comes to funding, thanks mostly to philanthropic support. Chalkbeat

MOVERS & SHAKERS The head of Hamblen County Schools is chosen to lead Tennessee’s professional superintendents organization. Chalkbeat, Knoxville News Sentinel, WATE-TV

FIRST PERSON “I’m a black man raised on the mistaken idea that education could keep me safe. Here’s what I teach my students in the age of Jordan Edwards.” Chalkbeat

FUNDING BILL House Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh pushes his K-12 education fund to passage, but the possibility of funding and Senate approval will have to wait until 2018. Memphis Daily News

MOVING FORWARD Tennessee will become the first state in the nation to offer tuition-free community college to nearly every resident without a degree. The Tennessean

P.E. BILL Legislation requiring one hour of physical education per week for elementary students stumbles as it hits a procedural hurdle. Memphis Daily News

SECOND GUESSING Metro Schools officials plan to take a hard look at a years-old grading policy that’s caused plenty of heartburn and controversy among teachers. The Tennessean

BUDGET TALK Bradley County Schools is preparing for an unexpected reduction in state funding for the upcoming school year. Cleveland Daily Banner

SUPERINTENDENT WANTED After 14 months without a permanent superintendent, the Hamilton County school board is interviewing candidates for the post. Chattanooga Times Free PressWDEF-TV

SCORE An education nonprofit in Nashville has launched a statewide campaign aimed at convincing high-achieving students to consider the teaching profession. Nashville Public Radio, Chalkbeat