Undocumented students who graduate from Tennessee high schools must now pay out-of-state tuition to attend a Tennessee college. That's three times the cost of their classmates who are legal residents. But several lawmakers are trying again to change that. Read about the latest bill seeking to give all students access to in-state tuition, regardless of their immigration status.
Also, today marks the one-month anniversary of the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida. We've got the latest news on how Tennessee districts are handling today's #Enough! National School Walkout in protest of gun violence.
—Marta W. Aldrich
IN-STATE TUITION A bill that would make it easier for undocumented students to attend Tennessee’s public colleges passes easily in a House subcommittee. Chalkbeat, The Tennessean, Times Free Press, The Associated Press, Nashville Public Radio
ENGAGING PARENTS English class for parents at one Memphis school fuels a sense of community. Chalkbeat
EXPENSE REVIEW In light of a $7.5 million shortfall with Nashville’s school district, two school board members call for a review of spending under Director Shawn Joseph. The Tennessean
DRINKING FOUNTAINS A secret recording reveals a plan to sabotage efforts to protect Nashville school children from toxic lead in their drinking water. WTVF
WALK IT OUT As students nationwide are slated to walk out today in protest of gun violence, Nashville school leaders bring a leader of the #MeToo movement to speak at its downtown magnet school at the same time. Nashville Scene
Tennessee districts communicate their walkout plans to educators and parents. The Tennessean, WTVF, The Jackson Sun, Daily News Journal, Cleveland Daily Banner, Times Free Press, Columbia Daily Herald
Spring break week means students at some Tennessee districts won’t participate. Knoxville News Sentinel
Major Tennessee colleges reassure students that any suspension due to participation in peaceful protests will not affect their application status with that university. WSMV
Here’s how school walkouts test students’ rights and schools’ responsibilities. NPRed
SCHOOL SAFETY Wilson County’s sheriff announces new safety measures for schools in the wake of recent school shootings in Florida and Kentucky. The Tennessean
MIKE LOONEY The director of Williamson County Schools says he’ll take a medical leave due to an upcoming surgery. The Tennessean
FAKE NEWS A fake Twitter account for Dickson County’s schools director creates confusion. The Tennessean
EMPLOYEE PAY With a statewide pay bump expected for teachers next year, Hawkins County’s school board hopes to give its bus drivers and noncertificated staff a small pay boost as well. Kingsport Times-News
ANONYMOUS TIPS Hawkins County students and their parents may soon have access to a cell phone app to make anonymous tips about inappropriate or illegal behavior at school. Kingsport Times-News
POETRY OUT LOUD A junior at Clarksville High School is Tennessee’s 2018 Poetry Out Loud champion. Clarksville Online
INTENDED CONSEQUENCES When Chicago cut down on suspensions, students saw their test scores and attendance rise, according to a new study. Chalkbeat
EDITORIAL: NEVER AGAIN America has failed its kids on guns. It’s time to let them lead. The New York Times
Undocumented students from across Tennessee pose Tuesday on the steps of the State Capitol with Gov. Bill Haslam, Rep. Mark White, and Sen. Todd Gardenhire. Brought to Nashville by the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition, the students met with lawmakers and lobbied for a bill that would give them access to in-state college tuition, regardless of their immigration status. The students came from Chattanooga, Knoxville, Johnson City, Memphis, Murfreesboro, Nashville, and Sevierville. White and Gardenhire are the bill’s sponsors.