Rise & Shine: Here’s what one Memphis student thinks her district should invest in next year

SCHOOL BUDGET  Tennessee’s largest school district is doing something different next year: more spending than belt-tightening. Memphis Public Radio

STUDENT VOICE  Memphis school leaders have extra money to invest for the first time in years. Here’s how one student thinks they should spend it. Chalkbeat

TRUMP BUDGET  One casualty proposed by the new president is after-school programs for 1.6 million kids. Most are poor. The Washington Post

SCHOOL RECESS  Tennessee’s legislature debates how much time school kids should get for fun and games. Nashville Public Radio

SPRING BREAK  About 60 students from two Shelby County high schools use their days off to fight blight in North Memphis. The Commercial Appeal

BUS DRIVER PAY  Hamilton County’s independent school bus drivers would receive a bump in compensation under a new contract being finalized with the school board. Times Free Press

TEACHERS SUSPENDED  Three teachers are suspended from a Hamilton County magnet school for allegedly failing to report child abuse. Times Free Press, WTVC-TV

THEFT CHARGE  A Hamilton County elementary school teacher is charged with stealing more than $60,000 from the school’s child care program. Times Free PressThe Associated Press

HIGH SCHOOL FOR ADULTS  A Hamilton County school board member works with local business leaders to try to start a second adult high school campus in downtown Chattanooga. Times Free Press

REZONING  With new subdivisions and three new schools, Williamson County Schools unveils its rezoning plan that will impact 8 percent of its students. The Tennessean, Williamson Herald

PAY RAISE  Teacher assistants, bookkeepers and food service workers are among a long list of classified employees that will get a 2 percent raise for the next three years in Williamson County Schools. The Tennessean

EXPANSION The Rutherford County Commission agrees to fund a $20 million expansion at two Murfreesboro schools.  Daily News Journal

BUDDY BENCH  Murfreesboro starts a campaign to put a friendship bench at every city school as part of an anti-bullying campaign.  WKRN-TV

GROWTH SURVEY  Maury County Schools is conducting a community survey to get feedback about how the district should accommodate an influx of students. The Daily Herald

FIRE  A Wilson County elementary school is closed today to clean up from smoke and water damage to several classrooms. The TennesseanWKRN-TV, WTVF-TV

LUCKY BAND  A Johnson City high school band marches in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City. Johnson City Press

BUDDING ARTISTS  Anderson County Schools holds its first countywide student art exhibition. The Oak Ridger

OPINION: MERIT RAISES  Why Shelby County Schools should give raises to its top-ranked teachers, and not just across the board. The Commercial Appeal