Knoxville Focus for September 2, 2014

Click here to view this week’s Focus. John Fugate selected interim BOE member By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com A Fountain City bank vice-president and former school principal was selected last Monday in a much divided vote to become the interim school board member until the November General Election. John Fugate, II, vice-president of Commercial Bank and […]

Knoxville Focus for August 18, 2014

Click here to view this week’s paper. Allen made Deputy Chief By Dan Andrews andrewsd@knoxfocus.com Thursday, August 14, 2014 will forever be remembered as a historic day for the Knoxville Police Department. Nate Allen, a highly respected and well-known member of the Knoxville Police Department, was sworn in as the rank of Deputy Police Chief  […]

Knoxville Focus for August 11, 2014

Click here to view this week’s paper. School Board applicants to face Commission By Mike Steely steelym@knoxfocus.com Interviewing applicants for the 2nd District seat on the board of education is on the Knox County Commission’s August 18 workshop agenda. The deadline for submission of resumes was noon Friday, and eight people applied. The applicants are […]

Knoxville Focus for August 4, 2014

Click here to view this week’s Focus. Daniel looks to make changes if elected By Ken Lay Martin Daniel is looking to make changes and give the government back to the people. He’s a self-proclaimed defender of the Constitution and a champion for small business. Daniel, who is challenging Steve Hall for the 18th District […]

Knoxville Focus for July 28, 2014

Click here to view this week’s Focus. Passion, experience provide fuel for incumbent judge By Ken Lay Interpreting the law has become a passion for Judge Harold Wimberly Jr. He’s spent nearly three decades as a Knox County Circuit Court Judge since being appointed by Ned McWherter in the late 1980s. Wimberly, who has since […]

Knoxville Focus for July 21, 2014

Click here to view this week’s Focus. TN Deputy Commissioner of Education to speak By Sally Absher sallyabsher@gmail.com 8th District Board of Education member Mike McMillan reports that Representative Harry Brooks has invited Tennessee Deputy Commissioner of Education Kathleen Airhart to speak on the subject of K-12 state requirements for testing and assessments. The event […]

Knoxville Focus for July 14, 2014

Click here to view this week’s Focus. Race to the top Part 4: Data Mining By Sally Absher By Sally Absher sallyabsher@gmail.com A particularly troubling aspect of the RTTT scheme is the emphasis on massive data-collection on students, and the sharing of that data for various purposes essentially unrelated to genuine education. As far back as […]

Knoxville Focus for July 7, 2014

Click here to view this week’s Focus. Race to the top Part 3: Teacher Evaluations By Sally Absher sallyabsher@gmail.com Some say it is just bringing transparency and accountability to the teaching profession. Others have called it a war on teachers. One thing is certain; the way teachers are evaluated, compensated, and even advance in their careers […]

Knoxville Focus for July 30, 2014

Click here to view this week’s Focus. Race to the top Part 2: Assessments By Sally Absher sallyabsher@gmail.com When most people think of Race to the Top (RTTT), they think of Common Core. But national, common assessments are perhaps a larger and more insidious part of the initiative. If Common Core is completely repealed, but […]

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