The Chalk Board for May 23, 2016

By Sally Absher   KCS Adult Education to Hold Final Graduation The KCS Adult Education graduation will be held on Thursday, May 26 at 6 p.m. at Wallace Memorial Baptist Church (701 Merchants Drive).  This is an historic event as it is the last time the adult education students will graduate as part of the […]

Art Show to Feature Oak Ridge High School’s Design Program

By Sally Absher The public is invited to attend an absolutely amazing, one-of-a-kind art show this Saturday, May 28 at 11 a.m. Students enrolled in the Oak Ridge High School Design Program are presenting a runway fashion show to celebrate their innovative garments based on varied constructions ranging from recycled materials to computer design and […]

Tennessee’s $18.5 Million Emergency

By Sally Absher The Tennessee Department of Education ditched Pearson’s Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC test, back in 2014 after reports of problems with the online test surfaced across the nation. The department decided to continue with the TCAP for one more year while they looked for a replacement […]

The Chalk Board for May 16, 2016

By Sally Absher   Incoming Superintendent Asks for Lower Salary Putting his words from the May 4 Board meeting into action, Knox County Schools’ incoming interim superintendent Buzz Thomas asked that his salary  be reduced from $195,000 to $180,000. Board Chairman Doug Harris notified fellow school board members of the request last Monday. At the […]

Report on Knox County Schools Dismissal Practices

Report on Knox County Schools Dismissal Practices

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com Last week a group of citizen journalists released a report on their investigation of Knox County Schools dismissal practices at the monthly meeting of Students, Parents, and Educators Across Knox County (SPEAK). Fifth District Board candidate Susan Horn was also in attendance. The report, “A Review of Personnel Dismissals by Knox […]

The Chalk Board for May 9, 2016

By Sally Absher Knox County Schools Summer Transfer Window Now Open The KCS summer transfer window began Monday, May 2016 and concludes Wednesday, July 1, 2016 at 4 pm. The summer transfer window provides an opportunity for parents and/or legal guardians to request transfers for their students who meet at least one of the following […]

The Chalk Board for May 2, 2016

By Sally Absher Cinco de Mayo Carnival at West View Elementary School West View Elementary School will host a Cinco de Mayo Carnival on Friday, May 6th from 4:30-7:00 p.m. to raise funds for the school. There will be games, a dunking booth, Safety City, and fun activities for the whole family, along with traditional […]

TN(never gonna be)Ready

By Sally Absher “Hallelujah!! The entire state of Tennessee Opts Out” reads the headline of the 4/28/2016 Momma Bears blog (mommabears.org). Oh the rich irony! Parents were told they couldn’t opt their kids out, but now if you have a student in grades 3-8, they are all opted out! After repeated glitches, delays, and failure […]

About Those More Rigorous Standards…

By Sally Absher Last week’s Focus article “Fool me twice, shame on me” about Tennessee’s new K-12 educational standards mentions Dr. Sandra Stotsky and Dr. James Milgram, leading experts in K-12 English/Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics standards, respectively. Stotsky wrote the ELA standards for Massachusetts which were #1 in the nation. Milgram rewrote the terrible […]

Disparities in Educational Outcomes Task Force Shares Draft Recommendations

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com Last Thursday the Disparities in Educational Outcomes (DEO) Task Force shared its draft recommendations and gathered additional community input and feedback. The Task Force is comprised of business, community and faith-based members. The group was formed in November 2014, in response to a complaint filed with the U.S. Dept. of Education […]

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