QUESTIONING THE TIMELINE Memphis has a proposal on the table to start “right-sizing” its public schools, but the timing has left some community members wondering if their voices will go unheard. Chalkbeat

SETTING BOUNDARIES How RePublic Schools is changing its Nashville schools to keep its teachers for the long haul. Chalkbeat

LESSONS LEARNED Gestalt Community Schools’ CEO explains the decision to leave the Achievement School District, its challenges as a state-authorized charter operator, and what its leaders have learned in Memphis. Chalkbeat

SERVE OR STEER CLEAR? For the education world, Donald Trump’s surprise victory last week is being followed by another surprise: Strong signals that he is considering naming a U.S. education secretary who comes from the reform movement that pushes for school choice, higher standards, and greater accountability. Chalkbeat

ANOTHER PASS Eva Moskowitz, the hard-charging New York City charter school leader, says that she won’t serve as education secretary in a Donald Trump administration — but will support President-elect Trump’s education efforts. Chalkbeat

BUILDING SCHOOLS New schools under a recommendation for consolidation from Shelby County Schools’ superintendent could mean rejuvenation for some communities. The Commercial Appeal 

MEMPHIS CLOSURES Shelby County Schools’ superintendent recommends consolidating some schools and closing others. WREG-TV, WBRC-TVChalkbeat, The Commercial Appeal

PROMPTING READING Porter-Leath engages Memphis community in promoting literacy. Memphis Daily News

FIRE FIGHT Hundreds of students at a Blount County elementary evacuate as a wildfire billowed into the sky nearby. WBIR-TV

BANDS FOR TRUMP All four Sullivan County high school bands are banding together to put in an application to be the only Tennessee high school or college band to play in President-elect Donald Trump’s 2017 inaugural parade. Kingsport Times-News

WINNING BOARD The Tennessee School Boards Association names the Hawkins Co. Board of Education its 2016 School Board of the Year. The Rogersville Review

WINNING VOLUNTEER A Cleveland school PTO president has been named the Tennessee School Boards Association’s volunteer of the year. Cleveland Daily Banner

MUSIC EDUCATION Memphis Music Initiative founder Darren Isom asks, “How do we make sure music is seen as a fundamental part of a proper educational experience for kids?” Memphis Flyer