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The Slide to Charterdom Has Begun

By Sally Absher Last week, between the various snow and ice storms that plagued our area, a letter made its way into the mailboxes of families of pre-school and kindergarten…

Is Knox County Ready for Year-Round School?

By Sally Absher In his State of the Schools speech last month, Dr. McIntyre announced seven “community conversations” to address his key initiatives.  Tucked in the middle of the list…

Dr. McIntyre Goes to Washington

By Sally Absher Last Monday during the BOE work session, Dr. McIntyre asked to defer his superintendents’ report to Wednesday’s meeting, saying “I have a flight to catch to Washington.”…

Board of Education Debates Policies, Surveys, CLASS Complaint

Board of Education Debates Policies, Surveys, CLASS Complaint

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com The early February Board of Education meetings last week got off to a rough start. Veteran BOE member Karen Carson was clearly irritated that newcomer Amber…

It is Time to Refuse the Test

By Sally Absher It’s THAT time of the year.  During the month of February, every child from grade 3 to grade 11 is expected to take the online TCAP Writing…

Don’t Fix it, Repeal It

By Sally Absher No Child Left Behind, that is. Tennessee’s senior senator Lamar Alexander is making quite a name for himself these days on the topic of education. Alexander, the…

The House that Jack Built: One Family’s Fight for Inclusion

By Sally Absher Jack Anderson was born in Los Angeles in 2004. When he was 16 months old he was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. He was enrolled in an…

East TN Autism and Special Needs Support Group begins

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com On Sunday, January 18, the East TN Autism & Special Needs Support for Families held their inaugural meeting in Knoxville. Facilitator April Roga organized what she…

(Mis)understanding Teacher Absences

By Sally Absher Mark Twain popularized the phrase, “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” Judging from the reaction to a couple of recent articles in…

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