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The Chalk Board, August 31, 2015

By Sally Absher Belle Morris Elementary Celebrates 100 Years! Last Thursday morning, Belle Morris Elementary School hosted a celebration commemorating the 100 years anniversary of its founding in 1915.  Dignitaries…

No Strikes and You’re Out?

By Sally Absher In the quiet of July 4th week, parent and former president of the Bearden Softball Booster Club Randy Susong addressed the Board of Education about the forced…

The Chalk Board: August 24, 2015

By Sally Absher Superintendent School Visits Dr. McIntyre will wrap up his morning school visits during the week of August 24 as follows: Monday Aug. 24 – Brickey-McCloud Elementary, Halls…

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…

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…

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…

The Chalk Board: August 10, 2015

By Sally Absher HAPPY FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL, KNOX COUNTY STUDENTS! Best wishes for a successful year!   KCS Named Exemplary School District Last week, Knox County Schools held a…

EDUCATION INC. – Exposing the Corporate Takeover of Our Schools

By Sally Absher The Knoxville community is invited to attend a FREE screening of the brand new documentary, Education, Inc., at 6 p.m. on Friday August 14. The screening will…

Knoxville Focus for August 10, 2015

Knoxville Focus for August 10, 2015

School Board Defers Non-Renewal Policy, Adopts New Superintendent Evaluation Tool By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com The Knox County Board of Education decided last week to postpone further discussion and action on…

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