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DUELING PLANS A new state intervention plan for one Memphis school would halt another school improvement plan started this year under Superintendent Dorsey Hopson. Chalkbeat
SCHOOL SAFETY Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell creates a 10-member task force to look at school security after this month’s deadly shooting at a Florida high school. The Commercial Appeal, Local Memphis, WMC, WREG
Long reserved about politics, Shelby County Superintendent Dorsey Hopson finds his voice on school safety issues. The Commercial Appeal
President Trump’s endorsement of raising the minimum age to purchase semi-automatic rifles, ban “bump stocks,” and boost gun background checks draws generally cautious support from Tennessee Republican leaders. Times Free Press, WTVF, The Associated Press
Hundreds of Tennessee students stage school walkouts on Friday to voice concern about their safety. WBIR, WATE, Knoxville News Sentinel
Students from Chattanooga-area schools gather downtown to brainstorm ideas for how to play their part in the national conversation on school shootings. Times Free Press
Meanwhile, Rutherford County leaders express concern about the safety of students planning to participate in a national walkout on March 14. Daily News Journal
Tennessee schools, districts, and law enforcement agencies look for ways to keep students safe. The Commercial Appeal, WTVC, WCYB, WRCB, The Jackson Sun, Citizen Tribune, The Greeneville Sun
SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH Six Rutherford County educators make the updated list of 13 applicants seeking to replace retiring Director Don Odom. Daily News Journal
SUPERINTENDENT CHARGED Williamson County’s school board schedules a special called meeting today to discuss assault charges brought against Superintendent Mike Looney. Williamson Herald, The Tennessean
TEACHER DIVERSITY An alliance of Tennessee educators seeks to support and attract educators of color to the profession. The Tennessean
TNREADY TIMELINESS An East Tennessee lawmaker talks about his bill aimed at speeding up return of state standardized test scores to local districts. The Daily Post-Athenian
TNREADY OPTIONS Meanwhile, another East Tennessee legislator champions a testing bill that would allow districts to use the ACT as the primary end-of-year assessment for high schoolers rather than TNReady. Johnson City Press
ADVOCACY GROUP Tennesseans for Student Success announces its legislative agenda, including fewer but better tests and more resources for high-quality charter schools. Lebanon Democrat
THOU SHALT STAY Plaques of the Ten Commandments will stay in Cumberland County schools after the school board votes down a proposal to remove them. Crossville-Chronicle
NO SMOKING High school students in Chattanooga call for a more comprehensive tobacco-free policy for Hamilton County schools. Times Free Press
GO SCIENCE! An Oak Ridge team wins this year’s Science Bowl out of 59 high school teams from across Tennessee. WBIR
#METOO Observers and allies of the KIPP charter network react to the firing of co-founder Mike Feinberg, one of the education reform movement’s most prominent figures. Chalkbeat
Two Memphis students flank a character actor at a free weekend showing of the new “Black Panther” movie hosted by Shelby County Schools and 88.5 FM.