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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…

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…

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…

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…

Grassroots or Astroturf?

By Sally Absher Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery… unless it is AstroTurf. Artificial, orchestrated copycatting, especially when it is done for political reasons, is offensive. Last October,…

Knoxville Focus for July 14, 2014

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…

School Board Puts 2020 Strategic Plan on Fast Track

By Sally Absher The planning was extensive and high level. Fifth District BOE member Karen Carson listed the numerous public opportunities to talk about where KCS should go in 2020…

Board of Education Won’t Budge on Policy Limiting Access to Public Forum

By Sally Absher On Monday, the Board of Education spent over 40 minutes debating the dubious merits of Board Policy BCBI, “Appeals to and Appearances Before the Board.” The policy…

Knoxville Focus for July 7, 2014

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…

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