Rise & Shine: On National Summer Learning Day, Memphis takes stock of programs for kids

COMBATING SUMMER SLIDE  Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland estimates that a record 10,000 children and teens are being reached this summer through various learning programs. Chalkbeat

CORPORAL PUNISHMENT  The state comptroller will investigate the use of corporal punishment among students with disabilities. The Tennessean

DRIVE TO 55  The University of Tennessee and Vanderbilt will help study results from Gov. Bill Haslam’s initiatives to increase the percentage of residents with higher education degrees. The Associated Press

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE  Despite concerns that it’s become too exclusive, Knox County’s International Baccalaureate program will become a permanent fixture at two schools. Knoxville News Sentinel

SOLAR ECLIPSE  While Knox County leaders are on the fence about canceling school for a rare solar eclipse next month, many other districts make plans for the “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.” Knoxville News Sentinel

CENTRAL OFFICE  The historic Knoxville building housing administrative offices for Knox County Schools will soon be redeveloped. Knoxville News Sentinel

CHATTANOOGA 2.0  One year after organizing, a coalition of education stakeholders across Hamilton County gather to review work that’s been accomplished and prepare to launch a venture fund to make strategic investments. Times Free Press

SCHOOL BULLYING  Bullying incidents are on the decline in Hamilton County Schools, according to a new report. WRCB

GOOD NEWS, BAD NEWS  Metro Nashville’s newly approved plan to offer paid parental leave to its employees will not extend to employees of Metro Nashville Public Schools. The Tennessean

KIDS IN PARKS  U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee co-sponsors a bill that would continue giving fourth-graders and their families free access to national parks and other federally managed land. Times Free Press

WHEELS ON THE BUS  Amidst a national driver shortage, Cleveland City Schools offers a paid training class to teach people how to drive a school bus. WRCB

SUICIDE GAME  A Nashville teenager and child psychologist talk about Blue Whale, a dangerous new online game that’s being blamed for several suicides in other states. WSMV

WATER FOUNTAINS  Days after Nashville officials announce plans to test every school water fountain for lead, a survey finds that most Middle Tennessee school districts don’t conduct similar tests. WTVF

HYDRATE!  Water bottle-filling stations are coming to each of Scott County’s public schools, as well as the Boys & Girls Club of the Cumberland Plateau. The Independent Herald

ROBOTICS CAMP  Disadvantaged middle schoolers from Middle Tennessee see robots in action during a weeklong camp sponsored by Nissan and Lipscomb University. The Fairview Observer

TECHNOLOGY INVESTMENT  Dyer County High School prepares to provide Chromebooks to all of its students. State Gazette

OPINION: ALL MEANS ALL  Tennessee’s education system is like a home piping system designed to flow students from birth into post-secondary training and eventually a strong labor market. Unfortunately, pipes sometimes leak, says the CEO of Project GRAD Knoxville. Knoxville News Sentinel