TRUMP, VOUCHERS, AND TENNESSEE The perennial battle over vouchers in Tennessee suggests it won’t be easy for vouchers to sweep the nation, even if Trump’s administration champions federal incentives for them. Chalkbeat

CLOSE, CONSOLIDATE Superintendent Dorsey Hopson’s proposal to build, close and consolidate schools won’t get a vote from school board members until January at the soonest because board members want more time to hear from community members. Chalkbeat

Hopson presented for the first time his plan to close and consolidate schools to the full school board, although most board members had heard the details in a work session earlier this month. The Commercial Appeal

TESTING The Nashville school board unanimously voted for a resolution stating that no standardized test data should be used in student grades or teacher evaluations this school year. The Tennessean

GRADING THE STATE While state efforts like Tennessee Promise and Drive to 55 have expanded access to higher education, college completion rates remain “unacceptably low,” according to a report released Wednesday. The Tennessean

100 DAYS Metro Nashville Public Schools Superintendent Shawn Joseph releases findings from his first 100 days on the job. The Tennessean

Opinion: Let’s work together to draft a new strategic plan for our schools, writes Joseph and Nashville school board chair Anna Shepard. The Tennessean 

BUS CRASH After last week’s school bus crash in Chattanooga, Gov. Bill Haslam says Tennessee’s leaders need to reassess the use of private companies to operate school buses. Nashville Public Radio

The second family impacted by the bus crash files a negligence lawsuit against the driver and his employer. Chattanooga Times Free Press

Opinion: The terrible bus crash wasn’t the first tragedy to face Chattanooga’s public schools, writes Times Free Press columnist Pam Sohn. “When a community is failing its students on the level that we are failing ours, tragedy strikes here every day.” Chattanooga Times Free Press

FOREST FIRES More than 100 students, parents and teachers from Rhea County are safe after being evacuated a blaze engulfing parts of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, where they were on a field trip. Chattanooga Times Free Press

Many East Tennessee schools are closed today due to fires in the area. WBIR

FACILITIES Sinking floors and crumbling walls at Bradley County High School worry community leaders. The Cleveland Banner

REZONE Knox County Schools’ interim superintendent says the district may consider rezoning high schools in communities where new middle schools are being built. The Knoxville News Sentinel 

ELECTION 2016 Incidents of bullying related to Trump’s election in Tennessee are among examples given by more than 10,000 educators who responded to an online survey sponsored by Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center. CNN

BETSY DEVOS While president-elect Donald Trump’s pick for Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, has never worked in or attended a public school, she did have a front-row seat to the launch and operation of a charter school founded by her husband. Education Week

SOCIAL STUDIES Opinion: Tennessee’s state librarian and archivist says that he is confident that  issues with the state’s social studies standards will be worked out in time. The Tennessean