SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT Superintendent Dorsey Hopson pitches “critical focus schools” plan to nearly 200 Memphis parents and teachers. Chalkbeat, Memphis Daily News, WMC-TV

NATIONAL PLAYERS Why charter school leader Eva Moskowitz, a Democrat, is going to bat for Betsy DeVos. Chalkbeat

TECHNOLOGY A Jackson-Madison County Schools board member urges the panel to invest in technology and teacher training to catch up with other districts using digital tools in the classroom.  The Jackson Sun

BEYOND HIGH SCHOOL Nearly two-thirds of Vanderbilt University graduates from low-income families make it into the top 20 percent of earners, but the university doesn’t enroll many poor kids in the first place. Nashville Public Radio

When seniors from two Rutherford County high schools go to school April 6, they may come home with a new job. The Daily News Journal

RACE IS ON Students in Greene County test out their solar go-kart made possible by a Tennessee Department of Education grant along with 20 high schools in the region. The Greenville Sun

SCHOOL FEES An effort to exempt Tennessee school systems from paying local government stormwater runoff fees washes out in a senate committee. Times Free Press

BUDGET CRUNCH Student enrollment is down and insurance costs are up in the proposed budget for Blount County Schools. The Daily Times

VIDEO Watch Gov. Bill Haslam playfully get schooled by a eighth grader in a mock math competition. Kingsport Times-News

CHANGING TIMES “Open schools” or several classrooms together without walls to encourage student exploration more than teacher lectures had a brief window of popularity in the 1970s. Now, they are rare and noisy. NPR