Rise & Shine: Under Hopson’s leadership, Memphis schools have changed a lot. Some say not fast enough.

CONTRACT Memphians weighing in on whether Superintendent Dorsey Hopson should stay on two more years are using a proposed contract extension as a referendum on Shelby County Schools. Chalkbeat, WMCA-TV

CALENDAR TALK School leaders in Memphis are seriously considering a year-round calendar as a way to prevent “summer slump” and boost test scores. Chalkbeat 

EARLY BIRD Early registration for Shelby County Schools will be held at the Downtown headquarters of a Memphis-based public company. Memphis Business Journal

SMALLEST CLASS A church-based school graduates it’s first class — two graduates — in a ceremony that still had plenty of the pomp and circumstance they earned and deserved. The Commercial Appeal

ASD TALK Gov. Bill Haslam says there is a continuing need for the state-run Achievement School District. Memphis Daily News, Chalkbeat

BOARD SPOTLIGHT Conversations about future school plans, a controversial teacher reinstatement and director Kimber Halliburton’s performance make their rounds at a Washington County school board work session. Johnson City Press

ZONING The Williamson County school board votes to zone a mega-development into the Fairview schools’ pipeline. Franklin Patch

EDITORIAL Congratulations are due to the Tennessee Promise program’s first graduates, who are raising prospects for a more fulfilling future for themselves and helping to boost Tennessee’s national ranking for educational achievement. The Commercial Appeal