Rise & Shine: How one Nashville school uses classic novels to get young students ahead in reading

GOOD READS  The world may be changing quickly, but leaders of one Nashville charter school believe that reading the classics is one of the best ways to prepare students for college and career. Chalkbeat

TEACHER DIVERSITY  Nine teacher prep programs in Middle Tennessee say they’re ready to do their part to increase teacher diversity following a year-long study of barriers that are keeping people of color from becoming teachers in Nashville. Nashville Public Radio

BREAKAWAY DISTRICTS  The Signal Mountain committee exploring the viability of breaking away from Hamilton County Schools votes to ask that district to review its proposed budget for starting a separate school system. Times Free Press

HVAC  Amid a heat wave, Jackson-Madison County leaders promise that North Side High School’s new $1.4 million HVAC unit will be up and running by the first day of school. The Jackson Sun

READY FOR LIFTOFF  Teachers from five East Tennessee school districts get hands-on aerospace lessons during a two-week workshop funded by the Civil Air Patrol. The Daily Times

SUMMER CAMPS  At state-funded math and science camps this week, Sevier County students swab a sample of their own DNA, explore a fossil site and more. The Mountain Press

OPINION: THE COST OF OVER-SEGREGATING DISABLED STUDENTS   It’s another knock on Hamilton County Schools that it took a federal judge’s ruling to make leadership fully aware that the district has been violating multiple federal guidelines meant to protect students with disabilities. Times Free Press