Good morning and welcome to Monday!
This week, there's big news out of Nashville that represents a dramatic shift in school funding. Also, we're highlighting a new installment of Chalkbeat's "How I Teach" series — this one featuring a Memphis teacher and dance coach who uses movement in her daily classroom.
In addition, Chalkbeat’s national reporting team is in Texas this week for the SXSW EDU conference. Each day, there will be a special edition of our national newsletter! If you want updates from the conference, sign up here! And stay tuned for more news about the Great America Teach-Off. The main event is Wednesday!
—Marta W. Aldrich, bureau chief
REFOCUSING A new plan could increase funding at some Nashville schools — and make cuts at 49 others. The Tennessean, WTVF
HOW I TEACH Kids learn better when they’re moving. Just ask this Memphis teacher and dance coach. Chalkbeat
STUDENT EXCHANGE Nine Memphis-area high school students spend a week studying in the Czech Republic as part of the annual student exchange program of the Memphis in May International Festival. Memphis Daily News
FAMILY CENTER To help students and their families, a Memphis charter school creates a family center complete with a washer and dryer, computers, printers, and a food bank. WREG
MURALS REMOVED Murals in the gym of a Crossville elementary school are modified to remove rebel flags after the school district receives complaints. Knoxville News Sentinel, The Associated Press, Newsweek
BUS SAFETY An East Tennessee lawmaker invites the State Department of Education to look closer at safety procedures in Washington County following two school bus incidents. WJHL
SCHOOL SAFETY U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander wants states to be able to use federal dollars to upgrade school safety procedures, hire school counselors, and develop mental health programs. The Jackson Sun
A comfort dog from Memphis was in Parkland, Florida, last week working with the survivors of a deadly school shooting. WREG
Here’s what a safety drill looks like at one Rutherford County high school. WKRN
Students in Sumner County plan to join a national March 14 walkout to bring attention to gun violence. The Tennessean
A Marion County commissioner is interested in arming teachers. Times Free Press
Here’s a look at whether teachers with guns would have helped during these three Knoxville-area school shootings. Knoxville News Sentinel
Here’s what Knox County Superintendent Bob Thomas says about arming school employees. Knoxville News Sentinel
Law enforcement and emergency response agencies will conduct active shooter training drills this week at all Unicoi County schools. Johnson City Press
SUICIDE PREVENTION How Tennessee school districts deal with student episodes of psychological emergencies varies widely. The Tennessean
HEALTHFUL EATING Maury County students get a taste of healthy, easy-to-make snacks and recipes from the district’s health coordinator and a grant from East Tennessee University. Columbia Daily Herald
DEBIT CARD A Tennessee bank partners with Maryville City Schools to offer a new premium debit card to benefit the school system. Citizen Tribune, The Daily Times
GETTING TO KNOW YOU For Houston educators and Great American Teach-Off finalists Terrance O’Neil and Tim Livingston, math is all about context. Find out how they attempt to make equations accessible to all of their students in this interview. Chalkbeat
Students at Lester Prep in Memphis celebrate Read Across America Day on Friday with Chalkbeat reporter Laura Faith Kebede after reading “Be a King” together.