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In Memoriam

By Dr. Jim Ferguson We gathered in Chattanooga’s Federal courtroom, but not for a legal battle. Because, as the presiding judge opined, this was a joyful occasion. Becky and I…

Changing Times and Conditions

By Joe Rector Nature enjoy a good laugh. If you don’t believe it, look at a platypus: half beaver and half duck. It’s also true that “man plans and God…

The Chalk Board, May 26, 2015

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com Another Take on the 2015 Teacher Survey Results. While most BOE members and the KCS administration are “thrilled” with the results of the teacher survey, some…

Focus on the Law: Domestic Violence and Firearms

By Sharon Frankenberg, Attorney at Law The 1996 Lautenberg Amendment to the federal Gun Control Act prohibits individuals who have been convicted of a “misdemeanor crime of domestic violence” from…

BOE Midmonth Meeting: Survey Times Two

By Sally Absher The Knox County Board of Education met for their mid-month meeting on Monday, May 18. The topics on the agenda included a discussion of the recent Teacher…

Congressman Wirt Courtney

Congressman Wirt Courtney

By Ray Hill William Wirt Courtney is barely remembered today and is likely an unfamiliar name to many residents of Tennessee, but for a decade, Courtney served in Congress, serving…

The Dumbing Down of America – Lessons from California

The Dumbing Down of America – Lessons from California

By Sally Absher Even the Tennessee Department of Education is acknowledging that we are dumbing students down. They won’t say that outright. But when the Tennessee Commissioner of Education Candice…

The Chalk Board: May 18, 2015

By Sally Absher Knox County Schools Teacher Survey Results. In a press release dated May 14, KCS crows about the results of this year’s “pencil and paper” teacher survey, with…

The Monkey Has Spoken

By Sally Absher Finally, after weeks of anticipation, the Survey Monkey results on balanced calendar were released. The PR folks at KCS have learned the trick of answering objections in…

Honeysuckle Nectar

By Joe Rector The week brought warm weather; in fact, it was downright hot. Mother’s Day weekend found my family in the pool and cooling our heels and enjoying each…