It’s Time to Admit TVAAS is Broken

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com Kudos to the Knox County Schools Board of Education, for accepting a waiver from the state to not include the TNReady Quick Scores in student grades this year. Unfortunately, there is no waiver from including the test scores, as part of Tennessee Value Added Assessment System (TVAAS), in teacher evaluations and […]

Tennessee And FDR’s Court Packing Plan, I

By Ray Hill   February 5, 1937 was a Friday and President Franklin D. Roosevelt publicly announced his intention to ask Congress to enlarge the United States Supreme Court.  Roosevelt was fresh from a smashing reelection campaign in 1936, which saw the president carry every state in the union, save for Maine and Vermont.  The […]

EKAA Runners come out ‘hitting’ and win championship

By Steve Williams The East Knoxville Athletic Association Runners’ 10U Minor Pee Wee football team was ready right from the start – on offense and defense – in its AFC division championship game against Carter. On their first offensive play of the game, running back Marquis Billingsley bounced around the right side of the line […]

Sam’s Club pitches in to help South Knox Elementary

By Ken Lay It was a day for celebration for South Knoxville Elementary School on Monday, Oct. 26 as students, faculty and staff were rewarded for their work by Sam’s Club. The East Knoxville Sam’s Club location awarded the school with a $50 gift card and Sam’s Club Marketing Team Lead Debbie Hardin was pleased […]

A Man Named Luttrell (Part II)

By Ralphine Majors Woodrow Luttrell grew up in the Luttrell House on a farm on Washington Pike in Corryton. It seemed fitting that the Gibbs High School graduate study agriculture at The University of Tennessee’s College of Agriculture from 1934-1938. The name was later changed to Institute of Agriculture. After college, Woodrow worked several years […]

Looking for the artist in me

By Joe Rector I love art. No one would ever call me an expert or critic, but as Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart said about pornography, “I know it when I see it”—art that is. Jim Gray pieces inspire me; just down the road from my house, Ruby Dayton’s home and gallery are filled with […]

Good Teachers Continue to Leave Knox County Schools

By Sally Absher Valerie Strauss’ Washington Post column, “The good teachers are starting to leave” (February 27, 2015) started circulating around local social media again last week. Between the end of September and mid-October, at least three veteran teachers resigned from Knox County Schools. You read that correctly – resigned in the middle of the […]

The Chalk Board, Oct. 26, 2015

By Sally Absher Northwest Middle Community School Celebrates Red Ribbon Week Northwest Middle is one of KCS’s newest Community Schools. And they are starting the year off with a bang! Liz Thacker, Site Resource Coordinator for Northwest Middle Community School is excited to announce Red Ribbon Week, October 26 – 30. Red Ribbon Week is […]

A Phenomenal Woman

By Rosie Moore How many people do you know that are phenomenal? Not many, I would guess. But what does phenomenal mean? In the dictionary it is described as a rare occurrence. So, a phenomenal woman would be a “rare” woman, wouldn’t you say? Which comes down to the fact that I don’t know many […]

Taste – July 19, 2010

By Dr. Jim Ferguson Dr. Ferguson is on sabbatical after nearly eight years with the Focus. If you like this essay, there are more in his book, “Well…What Did the Doctor Say?” available on line at Amazon as well as Barnes & Noble – a great Christmas gift!      There’s no accounting for taste.  I […]