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The Chalk Board

By Sally Absher By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com Knox Teachers travel to Nashville to meet with Legislators. A group of local teachers, including Lauren Hopson, Amy Cate, Linda Holtzclaw, Sherry Morgan,…

The National Opt Out Movement Explained

By Sally Absher Parents and teachers are beginning to recognize the negative impact that high-stakes testing has on education. They see the billions of public tax dollars going to Pearson…

Legislative Update on Education Bills

By Sally Absher With the 109th General Assembly well underway, there is good, bad, and ugly with regard to education bills. First the good: HB0036 (Dunn)/SB0285 (Briggs) removes the requirement…

The Chalk Board

By Sally Absher Year Round School. The school-wide meetings are underway regarding a proposed Year Round (or “Balanced”) Calendar. The list of meetings can be found here: http://www.knoxschools.org/domain/4273. Note that…

Tate’s School Students Celebrate Music, Global Diversity

By Sally Absher March has been officially designated by the National Association for Music Education for the observance of Music in Our Schools Month, the time of the year when…

Marc Tucker Lectures TN Lawmakers

By Sally Absher Last year Christel Lane Swasey, writing at whatiscommoncore.wordpress.com, did a series on the Top Ten Scariest People in Education Reform. Marc Tucker weighed in at #3. Who…

Celebrating Small Accomplishments

By Sally Absher Last week’s Board of Education meetings brought a bit of good news for teachers, staff, and advocates of strong public schools in Knox County. For KCS teachers…

The Slide to Charterdom Has Begun

By Sally Absher Last week, between the various snow and ice storms that plagued our area, a letter made its way into the mailboxes of families of pre-school and kindergarten…

Is Knox County Ready for Year-Round School?

By Sally Absher In his State of the Schools speech last month, Dr. McIntyre announced seven “community conversations” to address his key initiatives.  Tucked in the middle of the list…

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