Rise & Shine: High maintenance costs drive more proposed school closings in Memphis

FACILITY SHAKEUP  Analysis: The cost of maintaining aging school buildings is the key driver in Superintendent Dorsey Hopson’s proposal to build three new schools and close seven others in Memphis. Chalkbeat

RESOLUTION  Nashville’s school board pledges its commitment to diversity in the wake of Donald Trump’s election as the nation’s next president. Chalkbeat, The Tennessean

TRUMP’S CABINET  President-elect Trump meets with former Washington schools chancellor Michelle Rhee and Republican donor and activist Betsy DeVos, both contenders for secretary of Education. Los Angeles Times

What a Michelle Rhee appointment would tell us about Donald Trump’s education plans. Chalkbeat

BUS CRASH  Twenty-three students are hospitalized after a Chester County school bus crashes and rolls over on an interstate off-ramp, but none suffer life-threatening injuries. The Associated Press, WSMV-TV, WKRN-TV, The Jackson Sun

SUPERINTENDENT SEARCHES  After months of debate, Hamilton County’s school board approves a contract to hire a Charlotte, N.C.-based firm to search for the district’s next superintendent. Chattanooga Times Free Press

Johnson City’s school board aims for July 1 to fill the shoes of its longtime superintendent who is retiring. Johnson City Press

COMMUNITY FEEDBACK  Nashville families and community members identify student achievement as their primary focus during meetings with new Director Shawn Joseph. The Tennessean

SORTING STUDENTS  Knox County Schools will host four community meetings to discuss zoning changes that would accompany the construction of two new middle schools. Knoxville News Sentinel

DECEMBER BONUSES  Full-time employees of Johnson City Schools will receive a one-time $500 bonus, with $250 going to each part-time employee. Johnson City Press

GIRLS AND SCIENCE  Middle school girls from across East Tennessee solder circuits, design markers and solve scientific mysteries during a weekend workshop at Maryville College.  The Daily Times

SCHOOL BULLYING  A Bledsoe County mother says the county school system is ignoring an ongoing bullying problem she first reported in early September. Chattanooga Times Free Press

TEEN PREGNANCY  Tennessee is aligned with findings in a new national report that teenagers in rural areas are more likely to get pregnant than those in urban areas. Chattanooga Times Free Press

READ MORE  Greene County Schools promote literacy on four billboards that urge students and others to read at least 20 minutes a day. The Greeneville Sun

FAMILY APPRECIATION MEAL  Sullivan County’s largest elementary school serves up lunch for about 100 parents and family members. Kingsport Times-News

OPINION: HOPSON’S PLAN  Shelby County Superintendent Dorsey Hopson’s plan to close seven schools and build three others could serve as a launching pad to right-size the Memphis district. The Commercial Appeal