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The Chalk Board: April 27, 2015

By Sally Absher Correction. In last week’s article on the FY16 KCS budget, the Focus noted that Dr. McIntyre defended his unilateral approval of the $27,900 grant contract with The…

A Review of Year Round Education Literature

By Sally Absher Hat tip to KCS parent and Focus reader Ron Raymond, who provided this very thorough review of the literature sources posted on the Knox County Schools (KCS)…

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Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?

By Sally Absher Or a third grader? Find out by taking the new online Tennessee social studies practice test! A KCS teacher  emailed us, “In case you haven’t heard, the…

The Chalk Board

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com SPEAK to host two more showings of Documentary “Standardized.” Do you have questions about standardized testing and its impact on your students, our schools, teachers, and…

Community Schools: Part 1

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com One of Knox County’s best kept secrets is the Community Schools program. As the battle between public schools and the corporations that wish to privatize them…

The Chalk Board ~ April 13, 2015

By Sally Absher BOE Called Meeting TONIGHT to Vote on FY16 Budget. The Knox County Board of Education will hold a called meeting to discuss and vote on the fiscal…

Much Ado About AVID

By Sally Absher By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com When Dr. McIntyre planned the Community Meeting to discuss his FY 2016 budget, he probably didn’t expect the majority of the questions and…

Community Input on Year Round Education

By Sally Absher Over the past few months, KCS facilitated a series of over 40 school and district-wide meetings to discuss year round education (YRE), or “balanced” calendar. But while…

Board Discusses FY 2015-2016 Budget

By Sally Absher By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com The Board of Education spent the bulk of last week’s work session discussing Dr. McIntyre’s revised draft General Fund Budget for the 2015-2016…

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