Value Added Modeling on Trial in New York

By Sally Absher   Valerie Strauss, writing at the Washington Post (08/15/2015), provided a report last week of a high-profile New York court case brought by Great Neck public school district fourth-grade teacher Sheri G. Lederman. Leiderman is suing state education officials over the controversial method used to evaluate her, and other New York Teachers. […]

Focus on the Law: Double Jeopardy

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law Both the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Tennessee prohibit double jeopardy. Article I, section 10 of the Tennessee Constitution reads “That no person shall, for the same offense, be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb.” The concept of being put […]

College Costs

By Joe Rector Attending college is an expensive venture for young people these days. My two children made it through before the prices skyrocketed; the cash we forked out was still close to a king’s ransom, but nothing like what students face today. Somehow we managed to get through without owing stacks of money. My […]

Hee Haw

By Rosie Moore I love all kinds of music. A little bit of opera, jazz, country, classical, you name it, I love it. A man named William Congreve once wrote, “heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, nor hell a fury like a woman scored. Music has charm to sooth a savage breast, […]

B. Chesney: A Great Educator

By Ralphine Major ralphine3@yahoo.com Mr. C. B. Chesney was the Principal at Karns High School where Bob Dagley graduated.  I recognized the name.  Chesney was a member of the Gibbs High School basketball team that won the Knox County Rural League Championship in 1921.  The team’s picture was featured in the 1963 Gibbs Yearbook.  He […]

Behind the numbers, Dobbs provides hope for banner year

By Steve Williams My advice to Tennessee fans heading into the 2015 football season would be to enter with cautious optimism. I say that after reviewing the past six rebuilding seasons. The Vols’ combined won-loss record over that stretch was 35-40, and that included wins over Chattanooga, Austin Peay State, Georgia State, Buffalo, Tennessee-Martin and […]

Bullying

By Dr. Jim Ferguson We Tennesseans live in what is called a red state. You might find it interesting that the current color convention for politics was made popular by Tim Russet during the 2000 election cycle, and is obviously useful for television. Actually, blue has historically been more often associated with the Republican Party, […]

The Colonel: Luke Lea, Part III

By Ray Hill Senator Luke Lea had lost his reelection bid in November of 1915, running third behind Congressman Kenneth D. McKellar and former governor Malcolm Patterson.  Lea’s defeat occurred for a variety of reasons, not the least of which was his affiliation with the “fusionist” movement in Tennessee.  Having benefited from his alliance with […]

Two More Knox County Schools Obtain 1:1 Technology

By Sally Absher Knox County Schools announced last Monday that Bearden Middle School and Carter Middle School have been selected to participate in the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools (VILS) program directed by Digital Promise. Through this program, these two schools will create innovative learning environments powered by mobile technology.  Students will receive “always-available” Internet access […]

The Chalk Board: August 17, 2015

By Sally Absher Fifth District School Board Member Defeated in 14th District House Special Election Board of Education member Karen Carson received 1,742 votes to telecommunications brokerage business owner Jason Zachary’s 2,397 votes in last Wednesday’s special election primary. The two ran in on the Republican ballot in the West Knoxville 14th District, formerly held […]

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