Teachers speak out during BOE meeting

Teachers speak out during BOE meeting; ask for board not to renew McIntyre’s contract

Attendees wore red in a show of solidarity for teachers. Attendees wore red in a show of solidarity for teachers.

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Crowds of teachers turned out for Wednesday's Board of Education meeting to express frustrations over current policies. This time, several people asked the board not to renew the superintendent's contract.

"In Kindergarten, I got a yellow card because I wasn't listening. You're not listening to us Mr. Superintendent and tonight I have a yellow card for you too," West High School student Thomas Mitchell told the crowd during tonight's meeting.

Teachers, parents and students condemned the evaluation process and APEX.

"It's the children who are being hurt by the testing and the teachers, the educators, and the parents who care," retired Knox County teacher Teresa Brown said.

"We teach because we love kids," South Doyle Middle School teacher Dave Gorman said. "We want to be part of that process to help them learn and it hurts when we know what they need and we can't give it to them."

One parent gave an emotional plea for change, telling the story of her fourth-grader who once loved to learn.

"That has changed because of your assessment and test based curriculum that you have implemented," Regina Turner said while holding back tears.

A sea of red covered the main assembly room as members of the public showed support for education.

Several public speakers asked the board not to renew Dr. Jim McIntyre's contract, which runs through 2016. Some say it's time for change in the administration.

"I implore the board, as a Knox County teacher and as a Knox County parent, to refrain from granting a contract extension at this time," Robert Taylor said.

"We've done a lot of work together over the last six years to improve instruction in the classroom and to provide our students with a great education," McIntyre said. "I'd like to be here for many more years to come."

The BOE will discuss McIntyre's contract during a called meeting Monday.

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