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The Chalk Board, May 26, 2015

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com Another Take on the 2015 Teacher Survey Results. While most BOE members and the KCS administration are “thrilled” with the results of the teacher survey, some…

BOE Midmonth Meeting: Survey Times Two

By Sally Absher The Knox County Board of Education met for their mid-month meeting on Monday, May 18. The topics on the agenda included a discussion of the recent Teacher…

The Dumbing Down of America – Lessons from California

The Dumbing Down of America – Lessons from California

By Sally Absher Even the Tennessee Department of Education is acknowledging that we are dumbing students down. They won’t say that outright. But when the Tennessee Commissioner of Education Candice…

The Chalk Board: May 18, 2015

By Sally Absher Knox County Schools Teacher Survey Results. In a press release dated May 14, KCS crows about the results of this year’s “pencil and paper” teacher survey, with…

The Monkey Has Spoken

By Sally Absher Finally, after weeks of anticipation, the Survey Monkey results on balanced calendar were released. The PR folks at KCS have learned the trick of answering objections in…

The Chalk Board: May 11, 2015

By Sally Absher This is Why I Teach. (By Farragut Middle School science teacher Mark Taylor. Reprinted by permission)… “I need to share something that happened to me tonight. I…

McIntyre’s Actions Face Scrutiny from BOE, Law Department

By Sally Absher After last week’s board meetings, it is clear that not only was KCS Superintendent Jim McIntyre’s unilateral application for and acceptance of multiple grant awards against the…

Community Schools: Part 3, POND GAP

By Sally Absher Pond Gap is a University-Assisted Community School (UACS), operating in close association with the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences at UTK. It was the first…

The Chalk Board, May 4, 2015

By Sally Absher A Retroactive Vote won’t make it right. After learning that Dr. McIntyre had quietly approved the KCS hiring of Broad Center Resident Christy Hendler under a matching…

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