Publisher’s Position: Populists Versus Elitists

By Steve Hunley I can’t help myself, but I have been thoroughly amused by the uproar about the “side” agreement between the superintendent of schools and the Knox County Board of Education. The Focus was writing about this two and a half years ago. Mike McMillan was the only member of the Board who protested […]

I Told You So

By Steve Hunley It really isn’t graceful to say, “I told you so,” but sometimes even the best of us just can’t help ourselves. A couple of years ago, The Knoxville Focus was the ONLY media outlet in Knox County to write about the “agreement” between superintendent of schools Jim McIntyre and the Board of […]

Publisher’s Position: There Are Plenty of Puppets To Go Around

By Steve Hunley A hit dog always howls. The recent appointment of John Fugate to the Knox County Board of Education caused some howling from a few County Commissioners, most notably Sam McKenzie and Amy Broyles. Broyles was backing Rick Staples, a failed candidate in the recent City Council elections and a known Democrat. The […]

Publisher’s Position: Shadowy? Not Hardly.

By Steve Hunley Like most people, I love to laugh. Recently, I got one of the better laughs I can remember when a friend of mine forwarded Joe Sullivan’s column in Metro Pulse to me. Mr. Sullivan wrote a column about the school system and class struggle or some such. Sullivan makes a reference to […]

Publisher’s Position: Call 911! Board Calls School Emergency

By Steve Hunley For those who doubted anything published in The Focus about the Knox County Board of Education and Superintendent Jim McIntyre, the meeting last week should have addressed those concerns.  The Board, in its most naked display of power politics since McIntyre forced a vote on the extension of his employment contract, violated […]

Publisher’s Position: The Superintendent of Oz

By Steve Hunley “There’s some extraordinary learning going on out there!” That has been a constant cry from Knox County superintendent of schools James McIntyre during his tenure in office.  Last week some 12 superintendents issued a press release they would be meeting at Pellissippi State, yet the meeting was abruptly cancelled just a couple […]

Publisher’s Position: McIntyre and the Politics of Schools

By Steve Hunley The Knox County Board of Education last week dealt Superintendent Jim McIntyre his first solid rebuff when it refused to approve his firing of a Knox County high school teacher. An impartial mediator in the case did not find the allegations worthy of the teacher being fired. The mediator recommended the teacher […]

Publisher’s Position: Board Trying to Stifle Free Speech

Publisher’s Position: Board Trying to Stifle Free Speech

By Steve Hunley For any person who values free speech, recent actions by the Knox County Board of Education are cause for deep concern. Superintendent Jim McIntyre is always braying about “great conversations” and “wonderful dialogues,” but that is for public consumption; the reality is quite different. Board member Karen Carson apparently had an epiphany […]

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