Thu
May 29 2014
08:01 pm

By way of a correspondent, check out this upcoming June 4th Knox County Schools agenda item re. the Emerald Charter school application.

Update: the meeting for citizens input will be Monday, June 2, 2014, 5 PM, at the Andrew Johnson Bldg, 1st Boardroom, 912 S. Gay Street, which is across from the courthouse in downtown Knoxville.

Note the Superintendent's Memorandum:

To: Chair and Members
Knox County Board of Education

From: Dr. James P. McIntyre, Jr.
Superintendent

Date: May 29, 2014

Subject: Emerald Academy Charter School Application

On April 1st, the Knox County Board of Education received a charter school application for the Emerald Academy Charter Schools.

The Executive Director of Innovation Dr. Jon Rysewyk led our charter evaluation committee through a review of this proposal based on the Tennessee Charter School Application Evaluation Ratings and Sample Scoring Criteria. The committee’s detailed findings and recommendation are attached. Based upon the strength of the application, the committee has recommended that this application for a charter be approved. I concur with and endorse the recommendation of the evaluation committee.

Based upon the evaluation committee’s careful analysis and recommendation, I would respectfully request that the Board of Education vote to approve this charter application.

Surprise, surprise.

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KH's picture

A symptom of the Broad

A symptom of the Broad Academy virus. I wonder which neighborhood school will go because of it.......either for building use or because students will be sucked away.

Pam Strickland's picture

It's the Wednesday, June 4

It's the Wednesday, June 4 meeting. June 6 is a Friday.

Rachel's picture

Did any of y'all expect this

Did any of y'all expect this not to be approved?

bizgrrl's picture

Whether or not it is expected

Whether or not it is expected to approve, it is good for citizens to speak up in the community to voice their opinion. Otherwise, it will be quoted the entire community backed the first charter school in Knox County making way for more.

Sometimes we get so downtrodden we just give up. Not a good idea.

michael kaplan's picture

agree. the meeting should be

agree. the meeting should be packed with concerned citizens. the irony is that there is black community support for this project. reminds me of haslam's coopting black democratic leadership in his run for mayor, and councilman (and vice mayor) mark brown's support for selling the candy factory. "my community doesn't use it." this is the way it's done ..

Knoxoasis's picture

I've been to an annual

I've been to an annual breakfast Emerald sponsors as a fundraiser. Its a who's who of the powerful and connected in Knoxville. Not suprised this would fly.

Average Guy's picture

But, but, but

it's just this one group in this one location of town? Right?

Not wasting any time. McIntyre's school board "victory" must have been a mandate.

Elwood Aspermonte's picture

The better inquiry is why this charter application since

all of the other charter school applications had been rejected by the Knox County Board of Education?

We all know the rational is this one is championed by a number of Knoxville muckety mucks and friends or vendors of the Haslam family, but is that in and of itself an automatic green light for an inner city charter school or whatever else may come down the pike for approval.

The other lingering concern is when you have a program like this which is approved simply because of the people involved, not necessarily the program itself, will the program pull kids and families which are known to the people involved with the charter school application, pulling just the kids which have an intact nuclear family, or what will be the effect, if any, on the public schools for which these families are no longer affiliated with.

When you see approval of projects like this for no other reason than the people involved, it is cause for alarm and for concern. As challenged as the inner city elementary schools are in Knox County, not sure how this charter school will make those schools any better, from my perspective, it could make them weaker.

Average Guy's picture

It's not about the kids.

They may not even be in the top five considerations.

This is about Jones Lang Lasalle and whoever their educational equivalent will be. Were the workers controlling government buildings good enough before JLL? They were for the entire history of Tennessee.

They just weren't profitable.

And of course Emerald looks benign. That's why they have the support they do.

You always lead with a left jab before you throw the right hook. Unfortunately, you can count on both hands the number of Knox residents who see the hook coming. But it will be clear enough soon enough.

Rachel's picture

We all know the rational is

We all know the rational is this one is championed by a number of Knoxville muckety mucks and friends or vendors of the Haslam family

Is that what we know? Or is it just vaguely possible that this application is better than the others? Have you looked at the application? I haven't, so I don't have a clear idea how it measures up.

I'm no fan of charter schools, but it was also pretty clear to me that previous applications were weak. Maybe this one isn't.

Could you somebody who is actually familiar with this application versus previous ones please weigh in?

SnM's picture

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Average Guy's picture

Deciding what's best

I'd rather hear a discussion by the school board and funding bodies on whether or not doling out public dollars to a select number of private enterprises is the best course for Knox County education.

Locally, when was it decided that charters in Knox County were a foregone conclusion?

Deciding on Emerald before deciding if charters are the right thing to do couldn't be a better example of putting the cart before the horse.

cwg's picture

It wasn't decided locally

The way state law and policy is worded is designed to favor districts approving charters.

(link...)

Average Guy's picture

That's why I specifically said locally

The state decides a lot of things, but I'm not sure it's a model for anything.

cwg's picture

Reminder

Most (if not all) discussion of this will take place at the work session Monday, not at the meeting Wednesday.

R. Neal's picture

Some interesting discussion

Some interesting discussion on this (that got a little derailed by journalism 101) from a couple of years ago here:

Knox County Schools for sale

Mike Cohen's picture

Emerald

Here is the couple things I would suggest to critics of the Emerald Charter plan.

First...stay skeptical. A harsh and doubting eye on something, especially when it is the first, is a healthy thing.

Secondly...get to know Steve Diggs. I believe he is the real deal and has no motive other than to help kids. He has a lot of wealthy people on his board because that's where the money is and he has needed money to support his work.

He's had those folks for years. Does he pay himself a big salary? No, he doesn't. Does he live in a big house in a swanky neighborhood? No, he's on Emiorland, right in the area he serves.

I don't work for Emerald. Never have. I've known Steve for years and have never seen him be anything but a straight up guy out to help people.

So go ahead and be skeptical. Just also be ready to admit it if he just uses the money, hard work and some devoted people to make the charter help kids get a better education.

Y'all want to think he got approval from connections and money and not from hard work and proving himself. If I'm wrong about this, I'll admit it later. Hope you will do the same.

Average Guy's picture

Don't know if you're missing everyones argument,

but you're missing mine.

Is funneling public money to charters a good thing for the Knox County school system now and in the future?

I don't care if the charter is run by Steve Diggs or the Pope.

metulj's picture

So the cognoscenti will not

So the cognoscenti will not go to Beaumont anymore? /thread

Mike Cohen's picture

The cognoscenti

Honestly, I don't think that is who Steve is after.

A magnet may try and draw the smartest kids with the most potential.

Steve is trying to serve the kids who the system does not seem to be helping enough.

R. Neal's picture

Steve is trying to serve the

Steve is trying to serve the kids who the system does not seem to be helping enough.

Good for him. Maybe it would be awesome if the folks at Emerald or someone else sued the local school system and the state Dept. of Ed to fix that? Sounds like a 14th Amendment civil rights class action to me.

I sort of get the "creative disruption and destruction" aspects of the argument as it might pertain to various markets. Not sure it should apply to public schools. Public schools are not a market.

Mike Cohen's picture

Emerald

Suing someone to create system change is just now what Steve and Emerald seem to be about.

They are about face to face, getting to know kids and making a difference for kids.

Mike Cohen's picture

Emerald

Suing someone to create system change is just now what Steve and Emerald seem to be about.

They are about face to face, getting to know kids and making a difference for kids.

Average Guy's picture

Yes, the application made

Yes, the application made clear the "hug" it out philosophy.

But on this we agree. The question is, if that's what works, why not do it now?

Just as an aside, if a principal has 500 hundred students and hugs and speaks to everyone of them everyday for just 10 seconds, that's an hour and a half. I'd be great if they had the time, but they don't.

R. Neal's picture

Suing someone to create

Suing someone to create system change is just now what Steve and Emerald seem to be about.

Huh?

Mike Cohen's picture

Typo

It should have said "is not what Steve and Emerald seem to be about."

My mistake. Sorry.

michael kaplan's picture

Steve is trying to serve the

Steve is trying to serve the kids who the system does not seem to be helping enough.

if that is the agenda, you do so by fully funding our existing public school system and giving our well-qualified teachers raises.

Rachel's picture

Again, I'm NOT a proponent of

Again, I'm NOT a proponent of charter schools. I just suspect that this proposal is a lot better than others we have seen.

And thanks for the links, SnM - I'll read them when I'm home. Right now it's back to vacating. :)

Average Guy's picture

I wish the state charter

I wish the state charter school authorizer bill had passed. Especially if the school board votes Emerald down (which they probably won't).

If the decision were to come from the "state", it would help folks understand more clearly who's driving the local education train.

R. Neal's picture

I wish the state charter

I wish the state charter school authorizer bill had passed.

Pretty sure it did? Which means McIntyre/Haslam/Huffman have a fallback plan, not that they will need it. The planets are aligned.

Average Guy's picture

(link...) That was the last I

(link...)

That was the last I saw. Did they sneak it in?

I also believe in the inevitability, but would like to see them have to own it. But I suspect all three will be gone by the time the facts catch up to the "vision".

R. Neal's picture

(link...)

Average Guy's picture

Could be missing something,

Could be missing something, but my link looks to be dated 5 days after.

Says Gresham pulled it the last day of the session.

Tamara Shepherd's picture

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AG, your link bore a 2013 date (see bottom). It said the House passed it in 2013, but it died in the Senate--because Gresham pulled it, I mean.

This year, in 2014, the Senate passed it with an amendment and the House concurred. It went to the governor for signature in April of this year.

(Note that a legislative session runs two years, in this case over the spring 2013 and spring 2014 seasons. Therefore, since the House had approved the bill in 2013, it didn't need to entertain it again this season. That prior approval the House gave last season stood.)

Average Guy's picture

Glad I held out I could be missing something.

Do you if this current board ever debated charters as a concept, not just charter applications?

Tamara Shepherd's picture

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I don't know, but this board and boards prior--all the way back to the time of the original TN Charter School Act of 2002--have had that opportunity.

It's seemed to me that there hasn't been much said of the concept over the entire 12-year period...

Bbeanster's picture

Don't care who's running it

Don't care who's running it or who is on the board, or whose intentions are pure. What the charter school will do is cream off the kids of the few involved parents, leaving the have-nots – you know, the ones whose mothers were 14 when they were born and have no one to feed them breakfast, let alone help with homework – holding down the fort in schools that are already on the watch lists.

This bodes nothing good for public schools. it just doesn't.

Stick's picture

Exactly!

Exactly!

Tamara Shepherd's picture

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What the charter school will do is cream off the kids of the few involved parents...holding down the fort in schools that are already on the watch lists.

And that really is the root problem with the charter concept.

I noted that KNS reported early on that Emerald was holding a series of community meetings. However, that's exactly the approach to recruitment that will work with involved parents, but won't net the parents of the kids about whom we're most concerned.

I'm sure Emerald is marketing its proposed charter school to its families involved in EYF, too. But again, it isn't the kids active in EYF that worry us. It's the ones who aren't.

I'd like to see more reporting on how they're recruiting students.

jcgrim's picture

Charters increase racial segregation & weaken communities

Betty, EXACTLY. The charter school issue is larger than one person whose intent is to serve the poor. It's about the charter system and its segregating effects on the school system and the community as a whole. Charter cheerleaders refuse to admit that charters sort, segregate, and expel 'undesirables".

Segregation and exclusion divide communities and put up barriers between people who should be sitting side-by-side in schools. The mythology of charters does not match the reality of their promises but instead, serve the agenda of the plutocracy. Charters are the new Jim Crow.

An unsegregated school system forces the wealthy elite to see the poverty the business community ignores. It forces the privileged to face the WEALTH gap that segregation hides and distracts with euphemisms of 'achievement gaps' and 'test scores gains' These metrics are meaningless to the people living with wage theft, minimum wage, & predatory lenders on every corner.

What are the odds that future graduates of this new charter school will find future, and equal employment amongst the same elite who are proponents today? I'm not holding my breath.

(link...)

"Today we are watching politicians who are not educated in the field of education use Friedman’s (e.g., Milton Friedman) ideas and knowingly or unknowingly re-segregate our public schools. We live in an age where business leaders & politicians call for a “globally competitive workforce,” but are literally putting up walls between students who should be sitting side-by-side in public schools breaking down barriers. In the selective charter school industry, only students who fit their mold get accepted. Those who get accepted and don’t rule-follow well or test well are pushed out. Students who don’t fit into molds are often students who have the very potential to be our next innovative leaders." (I inserted parentheses)

Up Goose Creek's picture

Haves & have nots

What the charter school will do is cream off the kids of the few involved parents, leaving the have-nots – you know, the ones whose mothers were 14 when they were born and have no one to feed them breakfast, let alone help with homework

Do you have evidence of this?

How would you describe the circumstances of kids that currently participate in EYF programs?

jcgrim's picture

Tons of empirical evidence on charter creaming

Not the PR put out by the National Charter Association but empirical evidence. You can start here if you decide to do a literature review:

False wait lists: (link...)

Segregation: (link...)

Charter spending disparities: (link...)

Charter's lack of diversity: (link...)

Bbeanster's picture

What the charter school will

What the charter school will do is cream off the kids of the few involved parents, leaving the have-nots – you know, the ones whose mothers were 14 when they were born and have no one to feed them breakfast, let alone help with homework

Do you have evidence of this?

How would you describe the circumstances of kids that currently participate in EYF programs?

Slept in this morning and see that jcgrim has already dealt with your disingenuous questions.

The issue is not Steve Diggs nor any individual.
The issue is not the 1,350 children EYF serves annually through its various after school programs that ask little of parents and are a whole different thing than a school that requires some level of parental involvement.

I'll ask you a question: Who is pushing the charter school movement?

(link...)

Up Goose Creek's picture

Alec

Yes I realize ALEC is pushing charter schools, but I doubt ALEC knows who Steve Diggs is. Of course they know who Haslam is.

The question in my mind is: Did Diggs think up the idea of a charter school to help a challenged population and call on his influential friends to help or did ALEC/Haslam push him in that direction to get the charter school foot in the door.

fischbobber's picture

It doesn't matter

By law, Diggs can do whatever he wants in the private sector, and I wish him well in his endeavors.

However, the use of public taxpayer money in pursuit of his goal is not covered under Article 11 Section 12 of the constitution. Any moneys used in this project must come from the private sector by law. Or the constitution must be amended. Charter schools are not free and that disqualifies them from state funding. That's how our law is written.

michael kaplan's picture

Who is pushing the charter

Who is pushing the charter school movement?

anyone who stands to make money off it. ironically, that probably includes the pension funds, like TIAA-CREF ...

metulj's picture

Tiaa-cref is a pension fund?

Tiaa-cref is a pension fund?

michael kaplan's picture

they call it a 'retirement

they call it a 'retirement annuity' which, in effect, is a pension. UT contributes to this fund which, as far as i know, is the only thing resembling a pension that UT offers. for tax purposes, they're the same thing. see 1040 line 16a Pensions and annuities.

metulj's picture

You are under the old plan.

You are under the old plan. Mine is a straight 401k. The state isn't even required to contribute. But you are....

michael kaplan's picture

i've been retired for about

i've been retired for about 15 years, so you're probably right. a small portion of mine is a 401K which, of course, goes up and down with the stock market.

metulj's picture

Off topic: TIAA-Cref's

Off topic: TIAA-Cref's customer service is pretty top notch.

michael kaplan's picture

sorry, there's also the

sorry, there's also the tennessee state 401K which UT contributes to. that must be what you have. frankly, i can't remember whether UT contributed to the TIAA-CREF annuity. they may not have ...

the state 401K is basically corporate welfare, a subsidy of the banks and/or stock market, depending on wht you're invested in ..

metulj's picture

Different state at this

Different state at this point.

bizgrrl's picture

Update: the meeting for

Update: the meeting for citizens input will be Monday, June 2, 2014, 5 PM, at the Andrew Johnson Bldg, 1st Boardroom, 912 S. Gay Street, which is across from the courthouse in downtown Knoxville.

The memorandum from Dr. James P. McIntyre, Jr., dated May 29, 2014, also states:

"must reserve by Monday before meeting if you want to speak"

There is a phone number in the memo (865-594-1800), right before the above statement. I'm not sure if it means you have to call first to reserve if you want to speak, or if you can reserve right before the meeting.

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jcgrim's picture

Here's what parents should be able to "choose"

(link...)

Here is what parents and students should be able to choose:

Standards that represent diverse populations
An accountability system that doesn’t stigmatize students who score poorly on only one measure of success— high-stakes tests
An accountability system that doesn’t hide students who fall through the cracks while simultaneously claiming fantastic results
An accountability system that recognizes the unique needs of English Language Learners relative to high-stakes testing
Teachers that have more than five weeks of training. Teach For America: A review of the evidence.
Teachers that have more than 30 hours of “alternative certification” training Alternative certification and Teach For America:
Schools that don’t have a 40% attrition rate for their African American students
Schools that have vibrant public arts programs
Schools that have low student-teacher ratios
Schools that don’t have to cheat and game the system to make their numbers for NCLB Accountability
Schools that are not racially segregated
Schools that utilize innovative disciplinary approaches to stem the “school to prison pipeline”
Schools that have teachers in every classroom that are teaching in field and have extensive training in classroom management, curriculum development and pedagogy

jcgrim's picture

Charter story time!

More evidence that charters do not live up to their advertising:

(link...)

Average Guy's picture

Article from WSJ

The WSJ compared many and the ones that improved did the following;

Successful charter schools have many distinctive features: longer school days and longer years, more flexibility and accountability for teachers and principals, higher expectations for students, more discipline and structure, more curricular innovation, more rigorous testing.

(link...)

All of which can be done in the current construct.

Stick's picture

No, no, no!

That article is not based on solid research and is loaded with reformy logic that doesn't have an empirical base. The most basic issue is how do you define "successful"? Charter school student populations are a self-selecting sample, and the tough discipline and counseling out of failing students makes comparisons even more difficult, not to mention peer effects and what not. The WSJ cares about none of these things. It is propagandizing the very thing that progressives should be pushing back against.

What research and international comparative education tells us is that we need:

- well funded schools
- highly trained teachers who are given high degrees of professional autonomy
- solid mentoring programs for new teachers and master teacher programs
- developmentally appropriate curricula

Just to name a few...

One more thing: We do not need longer school days or even calendar years. That entire idea is based on a long standing mis-perception:

Students in China may attend more days of school each year, but the key question is, are they receiving more hours of instruction? To find the answer, we combined data from the World Data on Education-- which provided the number of courses per week schools are expected to offer—with data from OECD on weeks of instruction to determine total instructional hours per year. The data shows that Chinese students in primary grades (grades 1-5) take 34 courses per week at 45 minutes6 apiece. This equates to nearly 900 hours of instruction per year, which is similar to or less than many U.S. states, including Florida, New York, Texas, and Massachusetts. At the middle school level (grades 6-8), Chinese students attend just under 1,000 hours of school per year, a figure similar to that of most U.S. states. Just as with India, the data shows that Chinese students are not required to receive 25 to 30 percent more in-school instruction per year than U.S. students.

Some of the lessons we could take from Asian nations are: long lunch breaks, nap time for all ages, physical education programs, and (in the case of Japan) have students and teachers clean the schools on a daily basis. Also, from Singapore to Shanghai to Tokyo to Seoul, all of the high-performing nations we like to compare ourselves to see their historical focus on testing, the exam culture it has fostered, and the cram schools that make money off the whole thing to be a problem that they are trying to solve. They want more critical thinking and inquiry... all of the things that we're trying to purge in the name of rigorous testing and accountability.

Stick's picture

Sorry about the rant... still

Sorry about the rant... still drinking my coffee. ;-)

Average Guy's picture

No apology needed

I used a bad example in trying to make a larger point.

But even if the WSJ is propagandizing, they still make the point.

They can't come up with something that can't be done in the current system, even if their ideas are bad.

Wynnbilly's picture

Go. Speak. Be Heard.

On Monday afternoon, the charter school cheerleaders will be there en masse, singing their own praises. I hope that equal if not greater "public school" & public-education-dollars-staying-in-public-schools cheerleaders will be there as well. I still have yet to understand why we "need" charter schools in East TN, as opposed to helping out the existing public school systems we already have. BTW Dolores Gresham, Harry Brooks, & Mark White have been relentless in Nashville, with their pro-charter school legislation. However, I believe that separate and un-equal publicly funded education is wrong--has been, is, and will be ... wrong.

Mike Cohen's picture

Hearing

I have no idea who will turn out for this hearing, but if you are about this issue...on either side...you should try and go,

I know I say this all the time, but I have never seen any government meeting that wasn't better and taken more seriously by the presence of a crowd.

Wynnbilly's picture

How much tax dollars per year do they want?

Digging thru their "revised" application, yet again, nowhere have I found a dollar amount that ECS wants to take from Knox county's education budget. If ECS wants zero public dollars, then why are they even applying as a "charter school"? Nowhere have I seen how the students would be selected. A lottery? Who pulls the names if it's a lottery? ECS lottery officials? The ECS's needs for public busing and free lunch programs means that someone or somebody in ECS's planning arena was involved on the Blount county Hope Charter School (HCS) debacle, where the lack of those items helped reveal the true nature of HCS's objectives. If ECS does not want nor need public education dollars, then this application is merely an exercise to get the 1st Charter School in Knoxville, so the following financially burdensome charter schools will become more palatable. If ECS needs public education dollars, then how much? Earlier media investigations quoted ~$860k. If ECS wants zero public education dollars, again why apply as a charter school?

fischbobber's picture

Concerns with the ongoing discussion

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1. The remainder of this section, in the constitution of 1834, art. 11, SM. 10, read as follows: "And it shall be the duty of the general assembly to appoint a board of commis· sioners, for such term of time as they may think proper, who shall have t~e general super· intendence of said fund, and who shall make a report of the condition of the same from time to 'time, under such rules, regulations, and re'strictions,' as may::be' -req~ired by law: Provided, That if at any time hereafter a division of the public lands of the Unit!ld States,
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,such rules and regulations as from time to time may be prescribed by law.'.' 3, None of this matter was in the constitution of 1796.
, 4. Power of the legislature oVer the school fund.-The legislature could compromise a suit instituted in behalf of the school fund, and could appoint commissioners' for that purpose. 5 Hum. 279. When the school fund was made a part of the capital of the Bank of Tcnnes:;;ee, it became a part of the assets of the bank, subject to the claims of its credit- ors. The act of February 16, 1866, appropriating the assets of the bank for" the benefit of the school fund was, therefore, an art impairing the obligation of contraCts. 5, Bax~ l.
5. See also, state v. Knoxville, 7 Cates (ll5 Tenn.) 186; Edmonson v. Boatd, 24 Pickle (108 Tenn.) "56'3; State v. University, 3 Pickle (87 Tenn.) 2 3 9 ., ' ,

Clearly the Tennessee Constitution, the document quoted, had a primary purpose of the state a free, equal, education system. Just as clearly, the governor and legislature's proposals for changing the education system in this state is in direct violation of both the intent and, often, the letter of the law. A compelling argument can be made that those wanting to funnel public money into the private sector and out of the "common" good are committing criminal acts which can , and should, be punished with consequences ranging from impeachment, to imprisonment. Of course, we would need a citizenry with the intelligence to recognize this, the moral standing to demand it and the testicular fortitude to fight for it. What we need, as progressives, are up to date interpretations of our constitution that clearly define the states duties and a game plan to fight for the rights of a "common" education system. A lot has changed since this was written, but unless the purpose and general implementation of what constitutes a "Common" education was overturned in a federal ruling, then those governing us are acting in a treasonous manner in direct violation of their constitutionally mandated duties. One doesn't fight mange by trimming the hair on a dogs tail, one fights mange by shaving the dog and treating the problem. It's time to shave the dog.

fischbobber's picture

A cleaner version

Section 12. The state of Tennessee recognizes the inherent value of education and encourages its support. The General Assembly shall provide for the mainte- nance, support and eligibility standards of a system of free public schools. The General Assembly may establish and support such post-secondary educational institutions, including public institutions of higher learning, as it determines.

In short, the General Assembly has no defined power to fund or regulate schools in the private sector. It only has the power, and obligation, to fund public schools in a manner which recognizes the inherent value of education in general. That's the law.

Otis Campbell's picture

Wheeeee!

Wheeeee!

Just Watching's picture

They will say anything

This blew up on the SPEAK page.

(link...)

Treehouse's picture

Are you kidding me?

When asked directly about the teacher resignation letter (thank you Gene Patterson!), they show no understanding of the issues, no sympathy for the teacher except, "I'm sorry," and continue the tired old lines of "we put together a committee...we're working on it...our teachers are fabulous...not all teachers feel that way..." blah, blah, blah. I'm not satisfied at all by this response by the Superintendent and the Chair of the Board of Education. We deserve better.

Just Watching's picture

birds of a feather

"we put together a committee...we're working on it...our teachers are fabulous...not all teachers feel that way..."

Could you believe those two? Fugate takes credit for the Teachers Advisory Committee. Which was a demand from the teachers. And McIntyre brags about how they listen to the teachers.

What about this McIntyre?

(link...)

Busted for lying and hiding the results of the Teachers Advisory Committee. On film.

Perfect.

Bbeanster's picture

What's UT's pension got to do

What's UT's pension got to do with Emerald Charter School?

Just Watching's picture

School Board this evening

Well Betty, when are you going to take off the gloves? Black Wednesday had nothing on this School Board. Karen Carson wants to censor teachers at public forum. You have to speak to what is on the agenda in public forum? And the School Board by policy doesn't have to respond? What other body in this county has those rules? Why should any body be able to do this.

When are you and the Shopper going to take a stand? How many lies can go unchallenged? Doug Harris ignores that Knox County is fourth in local spending. But 51st after state funding is added in. Scoobie, Lumpy, and the rest never pulled what this School Board is pulling. What about the rest of you? Afraid of the Haslams? Nothing has ever compared to this. Talk about false idols.

McIntyre tells the School Board their vote on Emerald Youth Charter doesn't matter because the state will veto a no vote?

Heat and the kitchen.

Bbeanster's picture

Well Betty, when are you

Well Betty, when are you going to take off the gloves? Black Wednesday had nothing on this School Board. Karen Carson wants to censor teachers at public forum. You have to speak to what is on the agenda in public forum? And the School Board by policy doesn't have to respond? What other body in this county has those rules? Why should any body be able to do this.

When are you and the Shopper going to take a stand? How many lies can go unchallenged?>>>

Well, heck.
Evidently you found out about Jim and me hanging out at the club cutting deals. Dagnabbit, can't get away with nuttin nowadays.
Just call me a tool of the rich and famous.

Rachel's picture

What other body in this

What other body in this county has those rules?

City Council. And probably County Commission, although I don't know that for sure.

Average Guy's picture

You're misdirecting anger at Betty,

because she's here.

Ever hear her call teachers people with merely "gripes" or dismiss candidates in opposition to the status quo as "conspiracy theorist"?

Did you see this somewhere else? (link...)

I don't know "Rocky Top Politics", so I laid off. But this part the story did stir my interest; "Already there are calls for investigations and audits which lead us to a comple of conclusions..."

Did you see this somewhere else? (link...)

Maybe the KNS did report two Republican lawmakers are seeking an investigation on what happened at the end of the year with TCAPs. Maybe they did a feature on local representative Gloria Johnson, along with other Dem legislators, seeking an open records request. I haven't seen it.

You should be mad at the silence you hear, but it's not been Bean's.

michael kaplan's picture

Interesting that the 'public

Interesting that the 'public input' meeting was timed (or moved?) to coincide with the return of Knox County students and teachers from their annual Washington DC field trip. The (dozens of) buses pulled in at 6:30 pm and hundreds of parents were lined up in their cars waiting to pick up their kids.

Bbeanster's picture

This was the board's regular

This was the board's regular monthly Monday workshop meeting. No conspiracy here.

glostik's picture

Sorry, no time to read all

Sorry, no time to read all comments, maybe this has been said, but the point is that there is nothing new or innovative in this application. This is what the Community Schools are doing…but with better results and more community benefits. Why are we funding another building and more teachers for the same number of kids when Emerald could partner with Inskip or Vine or some other existing school and do every single thing in that application? A few students will be pulled from various schools which will not free up a single teaching position, we will continue to pay the same number of teachers because we aren't closing a building or complete classes…just a few here and there…stretching our already tight dollars to yet one more facility.

michael kaplan's picture

Why are we funding another

Why are we funding another building and more teachers for the same number of kids when Emerald could partner with Inskip or Vine or some other existing school and do every single thing in that application?

it's a business deal

Elwood Aspermonte's picture

Knox Board of Education knows this is a bad, bad idea

sucking state dollars and solid families from inner city schools that need them the most or need them now more than ever. It is indistinguishable from the other applications that they have summarily dismissed without a second look.

Poor Fugate looks stupid and pitiful saying their decision doesn't matter (if it doesn't matter why are you in office?) they know the politics of this application are light years ahead of where the board futzes around regularly and they'll have a hard time even calling for a vote on this one because they know it's wrong, but in my opinion, like the spineless and worthless wanna bees that they are (including McIntyre) they can't bring themselves to vote no.

This is merely an educational example of why Knoxville and Knox County don't work anymore and Knoxville is no longer the cultural, educational, social, business, or economic center of East Tennessee, they've slowly abdicated those roles to other communities through rank incompetent and improperly motivated leadership.

KC's picture

Worst school board ever.

Worst school board ever.

Might as well auction themselves off on Ebay. It'd be a hell of a lot more honest.

Just Watching's picture

Black Wednesday was nothing

"Worst school board ever."

Most arrogant school board ever:

(link...)

Can you believe that?

Then, in the same meeting, Chair Fugate is going to censor a teacher?

(link...)

So now the school board refuse to listen to teachers? And they demand respect? This in a county that lost 200 teachers this year.

(link...)

Just Watching's picture

On the SPEAK page

School Board is considering canceling Public Forum tonight.

Indya's picture

Absolutely not true

We are not changing public forum tonight or for the foreseeable future. People who want to speak on an agenda item will get to do so BEFORE we vote on that item.

I support the right of all people, including KCS employees, to address the Board during public forum. Call 594-1630 if you want to sign up.

I believe most Public Forum commenters over the last 9 months, teachers and others, have been raising macro issues that cannot be addressed or remedied at the school level.

Indya Kincannon

Sandra Clark's picture

Thanks, Indya

It's looking chilly toward free speech from some of the board members. I heard (from Bean) that your board secretary tried to discourage some kid this morning who called to get on the agenda -- suggested that he write a letter instead.

KC's picture

It's out of our hands. That's

It's out of our hands.

That's a new one, lol.

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