Rise & Shine: Hopson taps proven STEM leader to head historic Memphis East High

EAST BOUND  The Memphis principal who led a STEM middle school to quick success is chosen to lead East High School’s conversion into a T-STEM optional school. Chalkbeat

VOUCHER OPTIMIST   At a national gathering of conservative Republicans, state Sen. Brian Kelsey predicts that Tennessee lawmakers will pass a school voucher program this year. The Jackson Sun

VOUCHER VOTE  Nashville’s school board is scheduled to vote tomorrow night on a resolution that officially condemns school vouchers. Nashville Public Radio

TRANSGENDER STUDENTS  About 100 people protest at the State Capitol over the Trump administration’s decision to pull guidelines outlining which restrooms transgender students can use. WKRN-TV, The Tennessean, WTVF-TV

EXPLORING EXIT  A panel studying the feasibility of leaving Hamilton County Schools to start a new school system in Signal Mountain concludes that more money could go directly into the classroom. Times Free PressThe Chattanoogan

BUS CRASH  A lawsuit filed against Durham School Services unveils another accusation of out-of-town law firms preying on victims of a deadly school bus crash in Chattanooga. Times Free Press

HUMAN STATUES  Students at a Memphis charter school celebrate Black History Month by learning about African-American historical figures and dressing up in character. WMC-TV

SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH  Could the next superintendent of Knox County Schools be one of these two internal candidates? Knoxville News Sentinel

REZONING PLAN  Knox County’s school board receives a preliminary draft of a rezoning plan that would affect six middle schools. Knoxville News Sentinel

STAFFING REDUCTION  Knoxville’s Fulton High School is slated to lose six staff positions next school year, prompting some teachers and community members to action. Knoxville News Sentinel

SIGN LANGUAGE  Two Maryville College students work with state lawmakers on a bill that would allow American Sign Language to be used to meet the foreign language requirement in Tennessee schools. Knoxville News Sentinel

BUS SAFETY  Starting today, Sullivan County sheriff’s deputies will take random rides in county school buses. Kingsport Times-News

GOOD SCIENCE  Kingsport’s historic Dobyns-Bennett High School is about to get a 21st-century science and technology center. Kingsport Times-News

COMPUTER SCIENCE  U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann visits three Chattanooga schools to highlight the importance of expanding K-12 computer science education. Times Free Press

SIT. STAY. READ.  Book club members at a Rutherford County middle school read to dogs at a Murfreesboro pet adoption center. Daily News Journal

BOOK ‘EM  Nashville’s mayor and Miss Tennessee are among guest readers at a Nashville elementary school.  WSMV-TV

AT THE MOVIES  A Nashville charter school teacher raises $1,000 to take her students to see the movie “Hidden Figures” during Black History Month. The Tennessean

THANK YOU  From bus drivers and cafeteria workers to secretaries and classroom aides, McMinn County school leaders honor the district’s paraprofessional employees with a luncheon. The Daily Post-Athenian

CAPITAL PROJECTS  Greene County’s school board approves about $1 million in capital outlay projects. The Greeneville Sun

LAWSUIT  A settlement draws closer over a lawsuit filed by Wilson County Schools over about $380,000 that the city owes the district in back tax revenues. The Tennessean

GROWING AGAIN  For the third year in a row, Williamson County Schools’ annual budget will increase — this time up 7 percent — to accommodate student growth.  The Tennessean

VOUCHER RESEARCH  As school choice is poised to go national, a wave of new research suggests that private school vouchers may actually harm students who receive them. The New York Times