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Achievement School District – Coming to a City Near You

By Sally Absher By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com It is said that as California goes, so goes the nation. What is it with the migration of bad policies from west to…

Knox County School’s Reading Problem, Part 2

By Sally Absher Two weeks ago, The Focus wrote about KCS superintendent Jim McIntyre ending the very successful Reading Recovery® program in Knox County in 2011. We highlighted Mayor Burchett’s…

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Lynne Fugate Loses It at School Board Public Forum

By Sally Absher Last Wednesday’s Board of Education meeting was, for the most part, a somber and subdued affair, but things got lively quickly immediately following Public Forum. Former board…

Elimination of SAT-10 Survives Board of Education Review

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com There was a somber overtone at last Wednesday’s regular Board of Education meeting. It was just one day after the tragic collision between school buses from…

Knox County School’s Reading Problem

By Sally Absher Back in September, Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett made the news by saying that he wanted information connected to a school system reading program he helped establish…

KCS Board Discusses Year Round School

The main item on the agenda for the Board’s November mid-month meeting last week was a preliminary discussion of the school system moving to a year-round schedule, which is now…

Update on KCS Audits, Special Investigations

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com At last week’s mid-month Board of Education work session, Dr. McIntyre updated the board on the situation regarding KCS food services and accounts payable departments that…

Audit Committee Ignores School Board Request

By Sally Absher By Sally Absher Last week, Audit Committee member Commissioner Mike Brown, who has been one of the most vocal critics of the wasteful spending and misuse of…

Meet Rod Paige, McIntyre’s New Mentor

By Sally Absher Remember your Mother’s words of wisdom: you can tell a lot about a person by their associations. At the November 3 BOE work session, Dr. McIntyre mentioned…

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