EXCLUSIVE More than half of Memphis schools received the lowest possible score for student growth on Tennessee’s new test last school year, according to data obtained by Chalkbeat for Shelby County Schools. Chalkbeat

RISE OF TAX CREDITS With its recent adoption of a tax credit scholarship program, Illinois became the 18th state to adopt an innocuously named — but highly controversial — policy that critics have described as a “backdoor voucher.” Chalkbeat

LEADER CHANGE A memo and slew of emails reveal LEAD Public Schools board was worried about expanding when problems persisted at existing schools in Nashville, leading to its CEO’s resignation. The Tennessean, Nashville Public Radio

CHARTER RECRUITMENT RePublic Schools Nashville agrees to pay $2.2 million to parents who objected to mass text messages promoting enrollment at its schools The Tennessean, Nashville Public Radio

SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT Public education got some unexpected attention Sunday night when John Oliver asked viewers watching the Emmys to make #DCPublicSchools trend on Twitter. Chalkbeat

DRIVER SHORTAGE Some school bus routes in Wilson County have been canceled indefinitely because there are not enough drivers and substitutes. WSMV