STUDENT-BASED BUDGETING  Shelby County Schools prepares to pilot a new budgeting approach in an effort to distribute money more equitably to Memphis schools. Chalkbeat

REP. MARK WHITE  Why this Republican state lawmaker from Memphis supports school vouchers — but is concerned about accountability  Chalkbeat

SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS  Parents and concerned citizens have filed nearly 400 complaints about Nashville school bus drivers this school year.  The Tennessean

BUS SAFETY  A state House panel advances a bill requiring Tennessee school buses to be equipped with safety belts by mid-2023. Times Free Press, The Associated Press

YOUTH AWARD  A senior at Soulsville Charter School is named Youth of the Year by the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Memphis. WMC-TV

MAGNET SCHOOL  Robertson County Schools will hold a lottery to determine who gets into its middle school STEAM  program in Springfield. The Tennessean

CLASSROOM TOUR  Gov. Bill Haslam visits a Kingsport middle school today to meet with faculty and students in a STEM program. Kingsport Times-News

REDISTRICTING  Knox County Schools will hold two public meetings in early April to gather feedback on the district’s proposed middle school boundaries. Knoxville News Sentinel

ROBOTICS THROWDOWN  Almost 50 high school robotics teams from seven states create power with steam in a robotics competition this weekend in Knoxville. Knoxville News Sentinel

LEADERSHIP GRANT  Kingsport City Schools seeks a federal grant to improve pay structures, reward effective teachers and principals, and provide professional opportunities to educators in high poverty schools. Kingsport Times-News

CLINICAL INTERNSHIPS  Johnson City high school students explore how to manipulate robots used in minimally invasive surgeries at a community hospital. Johnson City Press

SHAKING IT OFF  A Rutherford County elementary school reopens today after repairing damage caused by this week’s heavy storms. Daily News Journal

S.M.A.R.T.  A physical education teacher in Smyrna introduces kindergarten students to a developmental approach to teaching that combines brain research, movement and activity.  Daily News Journal

GRADING AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS  Do after-school programs positively impact children? Proponents of President Trump’s budget say no, but their evidence may be faulty. The Atlantic