Rise & Shine: When states pay for the ACT or SAT, more poor students go to college

ACT FOR ALL  New research finds a simple strategy can modestly boost the share of poor students who go on to college: requiring, and paying for, all students to take the ACT or SAT. Chalkbeat

PRIORITY SCHOOLS  Education Commissioner Candice McQueen begins meetings with community stakeholders in Chattanooga about the future of Hamilton County’s lowest-performing schools. Times Free Press, WRCB

WATER QUALITY  Nashville school officials announce they will test every drinking fountain across the district to ensure water does not contain elevated levels of lead. The TennesseanWKRN, Nashville Public Radio

DIFFERENT DISCIPLINE  Knox County’s school board looks at revising disciplinary policies to include restorative practices. Knoxville News Sentinel

IB PROGRAM  Knox County’s school board looks at possibly expanding its International Baccalaureate program. Knoxville News Sentinel

TRANSGENDER STUDENTS  Advocates for transgender students call on Knox County Schools to amend policies to provide specific protections for transgender students. Knoxville News Sentinel

SCHOOL FUNDING  Jackson-Madison County’s school board approves a local option sales tax agreement that should dismiss the lawsuit between the school system, Madison County and City of Jackson. The Jackson Sun

ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL  Gov. Bill Haslam opens an alternative residential program in Nashville that’s operated by the Tennessee National Guard to give some teens a chance to earn a high school equivalency diploma outside of a traditional school setting. WBIR

INSTRUCTIONAL COACHES  Kingsport school leaders laud the first year of the district’s revamped instructional coach program. Kingsport Times-News