Rise & Shine: Principals matter — and Tennessee wants to do a better job of equipping them

SCHOOL LEADERSHIP  The State Department of Education launches an initiative to cultivate aspiring leaders who want to become principals, as well as support existing principals. Chalkbeat

UNDOCUMENTED STUDENTS  Tennessee’s largest college system endorses legislation that would allow undocumented students to pay the same as many of their peers to attend a public college. The Tennessean

SCHOOL BUS SAFETY  In order to soothe cost concerns, a state lawmaker from Chattanooga amends her seat belt requirement bill to apply only to new school buses. Times Free Press 

EXPANSION PLAN  Bartlett City Schools considers a $60 million plan to upgrade and expand the city’s high school campus. Memphis Daily News, The Commercial Appeal

GENDER ISSUES  The Collierville school system forms a committee to address gender issues in its sports programs. The Commercial Appeal

CAREER ADVICE  Memphis high school students get tips for becoming young professionals during a weekend expo. WMC-TV

NASHVILLE BUDGET  Here’s a video snapshot of next year’s proposed budget for Metro Nashville Public Schools. The Tennessean

RUTHERFORD BUDGET  Fast-growing Rutherford County Schools hopes to add 142 positions next year as part of a possible budget increase of more than 7 percent. Daily News Journal

AGING TECHNOLOGY  Looking at a projected budget surplus, Maryville’s school board considers replacing aging school technology. The Daily Times

MARKET SIMULATION  Maryville High School seniors get “history money” worth $500 each to simulate the stock market of the 1920s.  The Daily Times

HELLO, ALPHA  Cheatham County Schools introduces Alpha, the district’s first mobile interactive robot for long-term homebound students. The Tennessean

SCIENCE CURRICULUM  Williamson County Schools will shift from textbooks to an open source science curriculum. The Tennessean

SCIENCE EXPERIMENT  Knox County middle schoolers get the results back from their experiment sent to outer space. Knoxville News Sentinel 

SCHOOL PROPERTY  Bradley County officials prepare to spend $2.2 million on property in Cleveland for a STEM hub where students can learn trade skills. The Chattanoogan

DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY  Wilson County Schools places second in the nation in a Digital School Districts Survey. The Tennessean

ONE-ROOM SCHOOLHOUSE  A Gibson County man seeks to preserve the Bradford building that served as a school and meeting house for African Americans until 1962. The Jackson Sun

LIFE LESSONS  Hawkins County eighth-graders interview nursing home residents for stories that will go into a published book. Kingsport Times-News

SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING  Increased focus on kids’ psychological health may seem like the education world’s flavor of the day, but it’s achieving results. The Atlantic