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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…

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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…

The Chalk Board: June 22, 2015

By Sally Absher “You Work For Us.” Frustrated with the high-stakes testing culture and the continued drain of highly qualified teachers (though retirement, resignation, and non-renewal), local parents are organizing…

Knoxville Focus for June 22, 2015

Knoxville Focus for June 22, 2015

Tate’s new Middle School to include Aeroponic Gardening By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com While many of Knoxville’s schools incorporate gardens into their learning environment, Tate’s new Middle School is taking that…

The Chalk Board: June 15, 2015

By Sally Absher Tim and Jim reach budget compromise. Last Monday, Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and Knox County Schools Director Jim McIntyre held a joint press conference to present…

The Chalk Board, June 8, 2015

By Sally Absher   More on the Mysterious TCAP Math Last week we reported that the TCAP “Quick Scores” were back (in time to be calculated into students’ grades this…

Assessing the Assessments

By Sally Absher Apparently, two Board of Education meetings and a Joint Education Committee meeting (comprised of members of the BOE and County Commission) aren’t enough for one week. KCS…

BOE votes to ‘cure’ mismanagement of grants

Also, Big Turnout for Christina Graham By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com The Board of Education was desperately looking for a way to fix the problems with the Broad Resident Program grant…

Troubling TCAPS

By Sally Absher News outlets across the state have been mute about this year’s TCAPS results, but the blogosphere and social media have been on fire. First, some definitions: a…

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