Rise & Shine: The state-run Achievement Schools has a new academic leader. Here’s her vision for amplifying the district’s top teachers

MOVERS & SHAKERS Chalkbeat sat down with Verna Ruffin to hear about her game plan for improving the Achievement School District’s academics. Chalkbeat

FEDERAL GRANT Nashville schools will create five new elementary magnet programs and recruit more children of color thanks to a $15 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The Tennessean, Nashville Public Radio

BEYOND HIGH SCHOOL Williamson County Schools breaks its own record ACT score again rising to an average 25.2. The Tennessean

With 63 percent of Tennessee’s high school graduates entering college, state education leaders hope a new report will help districts shed light on what happens to its students after they leave. The Tennessean

FUNDING STRATEGY Schools within the Shelby County Schools system are funded inequitably because of school turnaround work and enrollment size, and with larger gaps than in similar districts, according to a report. The Commercial Appeal

TNREADY SCORES Murfreesboro’s school board sends a letter to the Tennessee Department of Education to complain about the slow release of TNReady test results. The Daily News Journal

PLAY AT SCHOOL After 10 years of planning, the Circles of Success Learning Academy in South Memphis is building a new playground thanks to approximately $85,000 in grants. High Ground News

FILLING UP Collierville schools to discuss rezoning to curb rising enrollment. WMC

LEARN OUTSIDE After 44 years of Monarch in the Park, a Gallatin elementary school moves to a larger space for parents to watch their students release monarch butterflies. The Tennessean

BUILDING PLANS Hamilton County Schools announces community survey to gather input on how the district should best utilize its school buildings. Times Free Press

TEACHERS ON NATIONAL TV A Rogersville high school health sciences instructor will be honored by the Southeastern Conference on the pregame show “SEC Nation” as part of its Extra Yard For Teachers initiative. Kingsport Times-News