And Then There Were… Six?

By Sally Absher The League of Women Voters (LWV) and Knox County Education Association hosted a candidate forum Thursday August 14 for applicants to the 2nd District Board of Education seat. This is an interim position until second district voters elect a board member in a special election in November. Current 2nd District BOE member […]

Board of Education Declares Emergency to Vote on Strategic Plan

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@gmail.com At last Wednesday’s Board of Education Meeting, 8th District BOE member Mike McMillan asked to call for personal privilege to postpone the vote on the 2020 Strategic Plan. After a brief consult with Dr. McIntyre, Chair Lynne Fugate shakily replied, “It may come to no surprise to you that I intend […]

Time for Another “F” in Truth of Advertising?

By Sally Absher On July 30, Knox County Schools issued a press release pertaining to the district academic achievement results for the 2013-14 school year reported by the Tennessee Department of Education. The data includes aggregate grade 3-8 scores on the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) and End of Course (EOC) exams for school systems […]

Tony Norman Schools Commission on Recent School Board Actions

By Sally Absher After attending the July 2 BOE meeting during which Dr. McIntyre’s appeal of KCS teacher Richard Suttles’ tenure reinstatement was unanimously rejected by the Board, Commissioner Tony Norman placed a discussion item on the Agenda for the July 28 County Commission meeting. Norman said “This saga began three years ago…this has been […]

A Tale of Two Meetings

By Sally Absher One cool summer evening last week, two community meetings were held on opposite sides of town to gather public input on the Draft KCS 2020 Strategic Plan. One was a meeting hosted by District 5 BOE Representative Karen Carson at West Valley Middle School. The other was a meeting hosted by Students, […]

1st and 6th District School Board Election Offers Clear Choices

By Sally Absher The League of Women Voters and KCEA hosted a candidate forum for Board of Education finalists last week. Incumbent Gloria Deathridge and challenger Marshall Walker are vying for the board seat in District 1, and Terry Hill and Sandra Rowcliff square off for the open seat in District 6. The August 7 […]

Assistant Commissioner of Education Confirms Most KCS Testing Not State Mandated

By Sally Absher Tennessee Assistant Commissioner of Education Kathleen Airhart was in Knoxville last week.  Eighth District Board of Education member Mike McMillan worked with Representative Harry Brooks to invite Dr. Airhart to speak about state requirements for K-12 assessments. Brooks heads the House Education Committee. Brooks was joined by Representatives Gloria Johnson and Bill […]

RACE TO THE TOP Part 5: Privatization of Public Schools

By Sally Absher It has been two decades since the first public charter school opened in Minnesota, conceived as a laboratory where innovations could be tested before being introduced into public schools. Now, 42 states encourage charters as an alternative to conventional schools, and enrollment has been growing, particularly in cities. In the District of […]

Knox County Teachers Race to File Grievances

By Sally Absher In the lazy month of July, when teachers should be relaxing and taking a well-deserved break from thinking about school, a record number of KCS teachers are racing to meet the July 21 deadline to file grievances with Knox County Schools. Why? Record numbers of KCS teachers received very low scores (1s […]