CHANGE OF PLANS  Superintendent Dorsey Hopson pivots on messaging of Shelby County Schools’ long-awaited footprint analysis that’s to guide future recommendations on school closures. Chalkbeat

SCHOOL BUS SAFETY  What it takes to become a bus driver in Tennessee   The Tennessean

WILDFIRE RELIEF  From donating spare change to bottled water, here’s how various schools in East Tennessee pitched in to help victims of last week’s wildfires in Gatlinburg. Knoxville News Sentinel, The Greeneville Sun

SCHOOL VOUCHERS  Citing school vouchers as its No. 1 legislative concern, Rutherford County’s school board invites state lawmakers to its December meeting to discuss voucher proposals on the horizon. Daily News Journal

LETTER GRADES  Greeneville school officials urge the state to axe a new rule requiring the Tennessee Department of Education to assign each individual school an A-F letter grade. The Greeneville Sun

JUVENILE JUSTICE  The state legislature probably will take up issues related to reforming juvenile justice and how the state handles troubled youth in general. The Tennessean

MAGNET SCHOOLS  Nashville parents will have more time to decide whether they want to opt into a choice school option. The Tennessean

DIRECTOR RETIREMENT  Robertson County Schools Director Mike Davis announces his retirement.  The Tennessean

ZONING CHANGES  Rutherford County’s school board approves rezonings to send more than 700 students from three Smyrna schools to a middle school opening next August. Daily News Journal

PERFECT ATTENDANCE  Murfreesboro City Schools designates Tuesday as Perfect Attendance Day in an effort to promote regular attendance. Daily News Journal

REAL ESTATE   Architects give favorable reviews to possible sites for a new Sullivan County high school and middle school. Kingsport Times-News

PICKING UP STUDENTS  A new electronic student monitoring system will help keep track of who is allowed to pick up students at a Hawkins County primary school. Kingsport Times-News

HISTORY LESSON  Students at a Cleveland elementary school learn about how soldiers and citizens dressed during the Revolutionary War. Cleveland Daily Banner

MORE VOUCHERS  Vice President-elect Mike Pence’s voucher program in Indiana was a windfall for religious schools. Mother Jones

WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF THE OFFICE OF CIVIL RIGHTS?  Experts weigh in on what the arm of the U.S. Department of Education could look like under Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos. The Atlantic