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Publisher’s Position: SURVEY SAYS….. ‘RIGGED?’

Publisher’s Position: SURVEY SAYS…..   ‘RIGGED?’

By Steve Hunley This week has been one of enlightenment in terms of the tactics used by the Broad Academy trainees to obtain what they want and the means they…

Publisher’s Position: When Right prevails

By Steve Hunley School Board members deserve credit for approving Gibbs Middle   There’s an old adage many of us learned from our grandparents: “It’s never too late to do…

Two sides of the same coin: Why Gibbs and Hardin Valley both need new middle schools

Two sides of the same coin: Why Gibbs and Hardin Valley both need new middle schools

By Steve Hunley If you build it, they will come. Those words spoken about a baseball park carved out of an Iowa cornfield have recently taken on new relevance in…

How we got there

How we got there

By Steve Hunley Superintendent of Schools Jim McIntyre has praise heaped upon him by some of the local news media as well as the usual “good government” types for what…

Sue Who? Sue You!

By Steve Hunley I’ve always said people think the best tax is one somebody else pays while they derive the benefit. One could use the same logic with several school…

Publisher’s Position: Biting the Hand That Picked You

Publisher’s Position: Biting the Hand That Picked You

By Steve Hunley Most folks are aware that the Knox County Board of Education has been dithering about whether or not to sue the State of Tennessee, along with the…

Why the Education Establishment Hates Vouchers

Why the Education Establishment Hates Vouchers

By Steve Hunley The Tennessee School Board Association is busy pedaling an editorial written by the Executive Director of the TSBA for publication all across the state.  The education bureaucrats…

Tennessee’s Promise: Holding Public Schools Accountable

By Steve Hunley Senator Todd Gardenhire of Chattanooga has introduced a remarkable bill in the Tennessee General Assembly.  The Gardenhire bill refers to Governor Haslam’s promise to pay for two…

Publisher’s Position: The Next Big Thing: The Balanced School Calendar

Publisher’s Position: The Next Big Thing:  The Balanced School Calendar

By Steve Hunley One of the hallmarks of Superintendent of Schools Jim McIntyre’s regime is there’s always the “next big thing” right around the corner.  Unfortunately, the panacea never really…

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