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For our featured story today, we have a Q&A with the incoming leader of Teach for America-Memphis. Get to know Nafeesha Mitchell and hear why she's excited about the program's 500 alumni still in Memphis.

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NEW DIRECTION Teach for America has welcomed more than 1,200 teachers over the past 13 years in Memphis. It’s now welcoming a new leader. Chalkbeat

SHORTCHANGED Graceland’s tourism development zone hasn’t shared local sales tax revenues with schools as promised, because of a mix-up with the Shelby County Trustee’s office. The Daily Memphian

ASK A STUDENT: How did Robert R. Church save Memphis? We asked the kids of Robert R. Church Elementary. The Commercial Appeal

PUSH BACK A controversial cell tower that could be built near a Germantown elementary school has been sent back to the city’s school board after weeks of complaints by parents and residents who live near the school. The Commercial Appeal

ONLINE EDUCATION Carter County Schools is getting into the virtual education game with a new online academy for students K-12. WJHL

UNDER INVESTIGATION Longtime Stratford STEM Magnet High School principal Michael Steele is on administrative leave with pay for alleged grade discrepancies among students. The Tennessean

NEW LEADER WANTED A local principal is one of five finalists for the director of Coffee County Schools. The Daily News Journal

STARTING EARLY An “Amazon STEM Jubilee” is attended by over 4,000 elementary students from throughout Hamilton County. News Channel 9

$$$$ Hamilton County educators are now eligible to apply for mini-grants of up to $1,000 as part of Unum’s Strong Schools program. Times Free Press


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