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Rise & Shine: Here are 26 assistant principals being groomed to lead Tennessee schools

Good morning and welcome to Thanksgiving week!

A growing body of research is showing the significance of effective principals in developing effective teachers — and therefore improving student outcomes. That's why Tennessee is investing in several initiatives aimed at cultivating school leaders for the future. Among them is the Governor's Academy for School Leadership, now beginning its third year. See this year's list of participants.

—Marta W. Aldrich, bureau chief

PRINCIPAL PIPELINE  Gov. Bill Haslam announces 26 assistant principals chosen for his 2018 school leadership academy, as well as the 26 principals who will mentor them. Chalkbeat, The Chattanoogan, The Daily Times

TRANSITION  Trezevant High’s new principal seeks to stabilize the Memphis school after a tumultuous year that included allegations of grade tampering. The Commercial Appeal 

ACT BACKLASH  Lt. Gov. Randy McNally joins the chorus of Knox County officials, parents and students rallying against the ACT for refusing to release test scores of more than 400 students at Bearden High School. Knoxville News Sentinel, WBIR

REPORTING BULLYING  Under a new policy, Hamilton County school employees must share information about bullying allegations with an administrator within 48 hours. WTVC

TEACHER SHORTAGE  A recruiter talks about how the dearth of teachers in some subjects is affecting Hamilton County Schools. The Chattanoogan

FATAL BUS CRASH   Employees of Woodmore Elementary School sue Hamilton County’s transportation company for “acute emotional trauma” caused by last year’s deadly school bus crash in Chattanooga. Times Free Press

TNREADY DELIVERY  A state lawmaker says Tennessee has failed its teachers by not providing test data quick enough to help make a difference. The Greeneville Sun

MOVERS & SHAKERS  An Oak Ridge principal will join Hamilton County Schools as its director of exceptional education. WRCB, The Oak Ridger

MENTORS NEEDED  Organizers behind the Tennessee Promise scholarship program encourage potential mentors to apply before the Dec. 1 deadline. Cleveland Daily Banner

GLOBAL LEARNING  A Maury County high school is selected as one of 30 schools across the world to participate in an intercontinental partnership organized by the Global Learning Network. Columbia Daily Herald

CAREER READINESS  Maury County business and education leaders discuss the importance of developing a culture of education to fill the jobs of tomorrow. Columbia Daily Herald

SCHOOL SUPPORT  Dickson County’s district hires its first full-time social worker as its students increasingly face social and economic issues. Dickson Herald

GOOGLE SYMPOSIUM  Google brings Tennessee educators to Blount County to see students using Google Classroom tools. The Daily Times

GROUNDBREAKING  Sullivan County prepares to build the district’s first new school since 1980. Kingsport Times-News, WCYB

BUSING BAN  A decades-old ban on federal money for busing could pose a problem for districts now trying to desegregate. Chalkbeat

TEACHERS UNIONS  New research finds that gutting teachers unions in Wisconsin hurt students. Chalkbeat