Teachers plan to speak out during Knox County BOE meeting

Teachers plan to speak out during Knox County BOE meeting

Posted:
Wednesday night, teachers said they want answers from the school board about funding for non-profit groups, which they said should go toward the classrooms and students instead. Wednesday night, teachers said they want answers from the school board about funding for non-profit groups, which they said should go toward the classrooms and students instead.
During Monday's work session, Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntryre outlined a four point plan to address the concerns of teachers. During Monday's work session, Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntryre outlined a four point plan to address the concerns of teachers.

By SAMANTHA MANNING
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Several teachers contacted 6 News saying they were fed up with current policies in Knox County schools and plan to speak out during Wednesday's board of education meeting.

Last month, crowds of teachers packed the main assembly room in the City County building to voice their frustrations over issues including the teacher evaluations, a lack of funding for school libraries and excessive testing.

Wednesday night, they said they want answers from the school board about funding for non-profit groups, which they said should go toward the classrooms and students instead.

Teachers also said they plan to discuss what they consider excessive testing and will ask for accountability from the school district's administration.

During Monday's work session, Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntryre outlined a four point plan to address the concerns of teachers.

First, he said the district is working on a group that will focus on professional support for teachers.

Secondly, McIntyre said they will remove conference of concern letters from teachers' personnel files so that they do not remain in the file for the entirety of their careers.

Third, McIntyre said he plans to clarify the expectations of the professional learning communities.

Lastly, McIntyre said they will survey teachers within the next week or two. It will be a paper-based survey that will ask questions related to unannounced and announced classroom observations as well as the overall work environment, among other issues.

Powered by WorldNow

1306 N. Broadway NE Knoxville,
Tennessee 37917

Telephone: 865.637.NEWS(6397)
Fax: 865.525.4091
Email: newsroom@wate.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Young Broadcasting of Knoxville, Inc. A Media General Company.