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Counting to Five

By Sally Absher Although the Board of Education’s Second District comprises only a little over 11% of Knox County in terms of population, the special election to replace Indya Kincannon…

BOE Policy on Public Forum in the News Again

By Sally Absher There is no news like old news, as evidenced by a September 9 article in the Knoxville News Sentinel, “School Board to Enforce Policy Addressing Members.” BOE…

New BOE takes up Policies, Fees, Taxes, and the Emergency Vote

By Sally Absher The Knox County School Board of Education had two back to back meetings last week, with the Sept. 2 Work Session meeting followed by the Sept. 3…

Public forum speaker finds problems with 2020 Strategic Plan

By Sally Absher One of the features of BOE meetings is public forum – when any citizen can come and speak for up to 5 minutes about issues that concern…

BOE Votes to Suspend Rules, Delays Reorganization Vote

By Sally Absher At the end of last Wednesday’s Regular Meeting, the BOE took up the reorganization of the Board.  Eight of nine members were present. (Member-elect Patti Lou Bounds…

New BOE takes up Policies, Fees, Taxes and Emergency Vote

New BOE takes up Policies, Fees, Taxes and Emergency Vote

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@gmail.com The Knox County School Board of Education had two back to back meetings last week, with the Sept. 2 Work Session meeting followed by the Sept.…

White Monday’s Puppet Master?

By Sally Absher First, there was Black Wednesday. Then there was Red Wednesday. And now, White Monday? If you’re new to Knoxville, “Black Wednesday” refers to the backdoor dealings that…

Dr. McIntyre’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week

By Sally Absher Dr. McIntyre’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week (With apologies to Judith Viorst).  In case you missed it, it has been a terrible, horrible, no good,…

More Knox County Schools in Lowest 5% of State for 2015

By Sally Absher Last Wednesday, August 20, the Tennessee Department of Education released the preliminary statewide 2015 list of Priority and Focus Schools. Preliminary listings of Reward Schools were released…

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