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Rise & Shine: How common is it for districts to share student contact info with charter schools? Here’s what we know.

DATA SHARING Some districts explicitly do not share student information with charter schools. Others have clear rules for sharing. At least one city has carved out a compromise. Chalkbeat

SURPRISE! Two Tennessee teachers are surprised during school assemblies with a prestigious national teaching award, $25,000 checks, and a visit from the state’s education chief. ChalkbeatThe Commercial Appeal, WRCB, WMC

POSSIBLE SECESSION The Hamilton County school board discusses its stance on the potential breakaway of Signal Mountain community to form its own school district and votes on a resolution stating the district wouldn’t sell buildings to Signal Mountain if they decide to create their own school district. Times Free Press

‘MISADMINISTERED’ TESTS Most students at a Knoxville high school who took the ACT test in October won’t have access to their scores to use for college and scholarship applications, despite the Tennessee Department of Education’s request to the testing company to release the scores. Knoxville News Sentinel

ELECTIONS After months of exploratory committees and early saber-rattling, candidates in Shelby County will begin picking up petitions today, officially launching the 2018 election cycle. The Commercial Appeal

GRADE INQUIRES For the first time since he penned his explosive resignation letter, the former principal at Trezevant High School in Memphis speaks out. WHBQ

BIG PROJECTS Williamson County says it needs 10 new school buildings in five years. The Tennessean 

HEROIC ACT Two teachers and the school nurse at Coopertown Middle School in Springfield are being called heroes after the trio saved a young girl’s life last week. The Tennessean

FIRED A Tennessee teacher who posted a video on social media of a student’s hijab — or headscarf — being taken off in her classroom has been fired after the video went viral. The Associated Press

PREK High-quality early-childhood programs boost graduation rates, reduce grade retention and cut down on special education placements, according to a new analysis of several other early-education research studies that adds fresh fuel to long-running policy debates about the effectiveness of pre-K. Education Week