STATE FUNDING  The State Board of Education finalizes $4.35 billion in funding allocations to Tennessee’s K-12 districts for the 2016-17 school year, an increase of $200 million from last year. Chalkbeat

FIRST-GRADE PORTFOLIOS First-grade teachers soon will have another way to be evaluated as the State Board of Education votes to add Tennessee’s fifth portfolio option. Chalkbeat 

TEACHER PREP  State education leaders say more needs to be done to ensure that newly fledged teachers coming out of state training programs are ready for the classroom. Chattanooga Times Free Press, Chalkbeat

SPECIAL NEEDS Hamilton County schools’ inclusion rate for special needs students trails national, state averages. Chattanooga Times Free Press

SUMMER CAMP One of Nashville’s most elite private schools offers a free six-week summer camp for children from mostly low-income families in an effort to reduce summer learning loss. The Tennessean

LESS TESTING  Bradley County school officials applaud a state decision to reduce the amount of testing students will see this coming year by about 30 percent. Cleveland Daily Banner

CATCH MATH Lee University in Cleveland hosts 21 high school math teachers from eight southeast Tennessee districts for a workshop to raise awareness of non-academic career options in mathematics. Cleveland Daily Banner

NEW JOB The principal of Nashville’s Maplewood High School joins Maury County Schools as director of pupil services. Columbia Daily Herald

GRAND OPENING  Williamson County Schools cuts the ribbon on three new schools in fast-growing Nolensville. The Tennessean, WKRN-TV

LAND PURCHASE To accommodate student growth, the Wilson County Commission approves funding $8.3 million to acquire three properties for new schools. The Tennessean

RELIGION IN SCHOOL A Washington County attorney says a high school religious club can continue to meet as long as it remains sponsored and led by students. Johnson City Press, The Associated Press

DIRECTOR SEARCH After conducting interviews last week, the Milan Special School District will discuss and possibly elect a new director of schools today. The Jackson Sun

ONLINE PLATFORM Rutherford County Schools will adopt a new website platform that will allow them create a mobile app and alert parents to school closings and other emergencies. Daily News Journal

BUSINESS CAMP  Nearly two dozen middle-school students participate in a two-week camp in Murfreesboro where professionals and entrepreneurs teach them about starting a business, developing financial and marketing strategies, and presenting their work as a sales pitch. Daily News Journal

SORT-A-THON  About 120 volunteers in Murfreesboro fill backpacks full of school supplies for needy kids as part of the annual Sort-a-Thon tied to the local United Way’s Stuff the Bus campaign. Daily News Journal, Photo Essay

BACK TO SCHOOL  Memphis families fill Whitehaven High School for the 16th annual Back to School Health Fair and Festival. The Commercial Appeal

DIGITAL CONVERSION  Tech teacher leaders in Blount County undergo training on how to revamp their own classrooms and coach their fellow teachers in new ways to deliver lessons. The Daily Times

OPEN BOOK  Maryville elementary and intermediate schools welcome students into their libraries over the summer break. The Daily Times

BAND CAMP  This summer’s high school marching band camp season is challenged by oppressively high temperatures and humidity. The Daily Times, Dyersburg State Gazette 

HEAD START The federal early education program for Northeast Tennessee seeks eligible 3- and 4-year-olds for the coming school year, as well as bus drivers to get the students to and from classrooms spread across eight counties. Kingsport Times-News

SCHOOL MAINTENANCE Johnson City commissioners agree to put earnest money down on an industrial property in a potential $1.5 million sale that would move school maintenance operations to a new site. Johnson City Press

KICKOFF MESSAGE Former University of Tennessee football player Inky Johnson is slated to bring a message of hope and perseverance to students, faculty and staff at Greeneville City Schools. The Greeneville Sun

ENRICHMENT GAP  Summer is anything but easy for kids without money, says Stanford University research fellow Michael Petrilli. The 74