Rise & Shine: Tennessee pre-K took it on the chin in a 2015 Vanderbilt study. Here’s what the state is doing about it.

REGROUPING Preschool funding will be tied to curriculum quality and teacher evaluations in a rigorous application process for districts starting next school year. Chalkbeat

RALLY Transgender students and supporters gather in Nashville against a proposed bill to block students from using the bathroom of their choice. Chalkbeat

VOUCHERS Nashville’s school board plans to officially condemn private school tuition vouchers for low-income students as bills to implement them are considered in the General Assembly. Nashville Public Radio

A mother of a student with special needs shares why she is opposed to vouchers. WSMV-TV

CIVIL RIGHTS Knox County superintendent urges local NAACP to drop lawsuit that claims the district builds schools for majority white areas of town to the detriment of black students. Knoxville News Sentinel

RED CARPET #PublicSchoolProud has its Oscar moment as ‘La La Land’ songwriter shouts out his schools. Chalkbeat

CELEBRITY SIGHTING Usher comes home to Chattanooga to talk to students. WRCB-TV, Chattanooga Times Free Press

WHAT’S IN A NUMBER? Three Knox County school board members raise concerns about transparency and ask to see a quantitative breakdown of how superintendent candidates scored. Knoxville News Sentinel


STEM EDUCATION Chattanooga students demonstrate how thermal and ultrasonic sensors can be used to detect bicyclists approaching intersections. Chattanooga Times Free Press

BEHIND THE SCENES Students learn about the Chattanooga tie to Academy Award-nominated movie “Hidden Figures.” Chattanooga Times Free Press

REFLECTIONS Cleveland City Schools first black principal talks about the city’s education history and the importance of Black History Month. Cleveland Daily Banner

DRESS CODE Hem lines will shorten under a dress code change proposed by a Knox County school board member. Knoxville News Sentinel

ON THE WEB Sumner County Schools takes a closer look at its social media policy for employees. WKRN-TV