via WBIR. While I respect my friend and neighbor Indya Kincannon, who is quoted in the article as saying, "The last thing we need is for public schools to become a bastion for low income people who have no other options public schools thrive best when everybody's involved," I disagree with where this is going.
The article, in the preceding paragraph, infers that is the parents who are hurting public schools:
But school board members ask parents to wait before making any hasty decisions that could hurt public schools in Knox County.
One must admit that the between marginal magnet schools (hint: key finding is that "Achievement patterns as defined through NCEs, within the five magnet schools have not changed much over the past five years") and this ridiculously ham-handed rezoning plan, you cannot and should not blame parents for the state of affairs in Knox County Schools.
more after the flip.
Perhaps the School Board and the Administration need to look in the mirror and explain why it is losing so many students to private schools and home schooling. Perhaps it has to do with service and quality. I personally think Knox County overall has great teachers. I think its administrative groupthink, lack of creativity in achieving great schools, and its overwhelming bureauracy as its downfall.
I would encourage the Knox County School system to fix our schools, not ask us to sacrifice our children to low achieving schools. While we don't have charter schools, we can vote with our feet with private and parochial schools and homeschooling.
The fact that Knox County Schools are so poorly managed with UT and ORNL so close by is inexcusable.
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