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The Chalk Board: July 27, 2015

By Sally Absher 6th, 9th Grade Orientation August 7 On Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, 8 a.m.-noon, the Knox County Schools will hold student orientations for rising sixth and ninth graders…

You Picked a Fine to Leave Me, Chris Barbic…

By Sally Absher As maligned and unpopular as Knox County Director of Schools Dr. Jim McIntyre has been, he must take some comfort in the fact that he’s not quite…

THE CHALK BOARD: July 20, 2015

By Sally Absher  Teacher Supply Depot Donations Sought It may be the last thing on your kids’ mind, but Knox County teachers are starting to think about getting their classrooms…

Is Your Child in a Failing School District?

By Sally Absher Randy Turner, a former English Teacher, writes in the online edition of the Huffington Post that there are better ways than test scores to tell if your…

House Votes to Renew No Child Left Behind

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com Last week the House voted to renew the controversial No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law, with Republican leadership narrowly defeating the wishes of both conservative members…

The Chalk Board: July 13, 2015

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com Students Lack Volunteer Hours for Tennessee Promise Scholarship Program.  Only one in four students planning to participate in the Tennessee Promise scholarship program has completed the…

The Chalk Board: July 6, 2015

By Sally Absher Standardized Tests – the Good News. Statewide TCAP (grades 3-8) and high school End of Course (EOC) results were released last week. District and School-level results will…

Parents Rally for Non-Renewed Teachers

Parents Rally for  Non-Renewed Teachers

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com More than 50 parents, students, and teachers braved threats of thunderstorms to attend a rally outside the City County building prior to last Wednesday’s Board of…

The Chalk Board: June 29, 2015

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com Rally Before BOE meeting on  Wednesday July 1. A KCS Parents has organized a rally to be held on Wednesday June 1 at 3:30 in front…

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