Rise & Shine: Inexperienced, less effective principals are more likely to work in Tennessee’s high-needs schools, study says

Good morning!

Tennessee’s least effective principals are more likely to work in schools with students who are lower-achieving and live in poverty. That means the most qualified and effective leaders often aren't where they are most needed. That's the conclusion from new research from a joint partnership with Vanderbilt University and the state education department. Read more about what researchers found about disparities in principal quality across the state.

Also, have you heard a good story lately? How about a half dozen?  Well, come out Saturday night to our storytelling event as Memphis educators as well as John Chatman — a student who has been to six schools in six years and has been suspended nearly 50 times— all take the mic. I hope to see you there!

And don't forget, today is the deadline to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for college. The form is required in order to be considered for federal and state grants, scholarships, and student loans. That includes Tennessee Promise, the state's tuition-free program for two-year colleges and technical schools. To apply, visit www.fafsa.gov.

— Jacinthia Jones, bureau chief



PRINCIPAL QUALITY Tennessee’s least effective principals are more likely to work in schools with students who are lower-achieving and live in poverty, according to new research. Chalkbeat

ONCE UPON AT TIME This Memphis teen has attended a half dozen schools and been suspended nearly 50 times. He and others are telling their true stories in our storytellling event. Chalkbeat

PERSONAL HELP International Paper donated $10,000 worth of feminine care products to address a critical need in Shelby County Schools – truancy among female students who lack access to basic feminine care and hygiene products. Local MemphisWMC-TV

YOUNG SCIENTIST This Memphis teen is the world’s youngest known person to build a nuclear reactor. The Commercial Appeal

SENIOR EXAMS A high school senior in Williamson County will have to report zero unexcused absences to be exempt from final examinations, according to a new policy set to go into effect next school year. The Tennessean

DISCIPLINE PRACTICES Collierville Schools is under state scrutiny for racial disparities in its discipline practices. The Commercial Appeal, WHBQ

GUN SAFETY A 14-year-old was shot with a pellet gun during an ROTC drill at a Memphis school. WHBQ

EDUCATION COLLABORATION A growing group of Nashville educators has been quietly taking professional development into their own hands. Nashville Public Radio

TIME OFF A Tennessee Senator announced a bill that would require employers to give their full-time employees time off to attend their child’s school conferences. WMC-TV

BUS SAFETY A new bill would let school systems put cameras on the outside of buses capturing anyone who passes one that’s stopped. WSMV