SAFETY After elementary school students die in a Chattanooga school bus crash, state lawmakers consider revisiting a seat belt proposal previously tabled because of its price tag. Chalkbeat, Nashville Public Radio, Chattanooga Times Free Press

TENNESSEE PROMISE About half of Tennessee counties still need volunteers to mentor the record number of high school seniors who applied for the state’s tuition-free community college program. The deadline to apply to mentor in those counties is now Dec. 1. Chalkbeat

TEACHER TOWN Teacher Town is becoming the Memphis Education Fund and adopting the goal of improving the lowest-scoring 10 percent of schools in the city, the group announced this month. Chalkbeat

BUS CRASH Following the tragic bus crash in Chattanooga, Metro Nashville Public Schools releases school bus safety measures in place to protect Davidson County students. Fox 17

Gov. Bill Haslam says it’s time to have a new conversation about school bus safety. Chattanooga Times Free Press

The news that the Chattanooga bus belonged to Durham School Services, the same company Germantown, the other five municipal school districts and Shelby County Schools all use, may cause renewed reflection on use of that company and the safety regulations for all school buses in the state. The Commercial Appeal

Families in Chattanooga identify the young victims of Monday’s crash. Chattanooga Times Free Press 

ED SEC SPEC Former Washington D.C. schools chief Michelle Rhee says she isn’t interested in serving as President-elect Donald Trump’s administration. Chalkbeat 

If Trump ends up tapping philanthropist Betsy DeVos as his education secretary, here are a few things we could reasonably surmise. Chalkbeat
JOBS By next summer, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry wants 10,000 of the city’s youths to have jobs. The Tennessean

RIGHT-SIZING The Shelby County Schools board will begin formal consideration of a proposal by superintendent Dorsey Hopson to close seven schools and build three new ones after Thanksgiving. Memphis Daily News

TSBA Rutherford County School Board member Wayne Blair has been named the next president of the Tennessee School Boards Association. The Daily News Journal

CROSSWALKS There is a shortage of crossing guards in Kingsport, meaning many busy intersections are left unattended as young children cross. WCYB