Building Bridges at Knox County Schools
Published 12/26/2013 at 10:00 a.m. 2 comments
Unless the breach that has developed between Superintendent Jim McIntyre and many teachers can be healed, his tenure and that of the school board members who support him could be jeopardized.
Extra Credit: Tennessee's Student Achievement Gains—And Teacher Stresses
Published 12/4/2013 at 10:55 a.m. 0 comments
The NAEP assessment, often referred to as “the nation’s report card,” is given every other year to a sample set of fourth- and eighth-graders in math and reading in all 50 states. Tennessee was the only state to make gains ...
Knoxville Museum of Art Has a Lot to Celebrate
Published 11/27/2013 at 1:38 p.m. 0 comments
As the KMA approaches the 25th anniversary of its opening in 1990, it has not only established financial stability but also an artistic identity and eminence that were also lacking in its early years.
Community Developments: Public Improvements Coming to Downtown's Environs
Published 11/13/2013 at 11:16 a.m. 0 comments
Indeed, when accompanying private projects getting a public assist are taken into account, developments on the perimeter are outstripping those in downtown proper.
Promising Protons: A New Provision For Prostate Cancer Treatment Perils
Published 10/30/2013 at 10:10 a.m. 0 comments
When I first saw the TV spot touting proton therapy for prostate cancer, I was totally turned off.
Making a New PACT: Reaching Out to the Mentally Ill
Published 10/16/2013 at 10:48 a.m. 0 comments
PACT is clearly designed to serve the very set of people who are now all too frequently landing in jail rather than in a treatment program for their mental illnesses.
Safety Center Issues: Keeping the Mentally Ill Out of Harm's Way
Published 10/2/2013 at 11:54 a.m. 1 comment
There’s a disturbing disconnect between the push for a Safety Center to divert the mentally ill and the publicly intoxicated from jail to temporary treatment, and the need for long-term supportive housing to deter the many who are homeless from ...
Learning Problems: Knox School Achievement Gains are Lagging
Published 9/18/2013 at 11:24 a.m. 1 comment
Superintendent Jim McIntyre has been making the rounds of local media heralding the accomplishments of Knox County Schools. But my own reading of this past year’s performance measures concludes that the bad news outweighs the good.
Campaigning for Visitors: Can Knoxville Really Attract a Lot More Tourists?
Published 9/4/2013 at 10:54 a.m. 2 comments
The jury’s out on whether Visit Knoxville’s ballyhooed initiative to attract a lot more visitors to the city will succeed in doing so. But if there’s a shortfall, it will probably be due more to lack of resources than lack ...
Flying Blind: Is CAP on a Quixotic Quest for Low-Fare Airline Service?
Published 8/21/2013 at 11:16 a.m. 1 comment
That’s the view, at least, of leading consultants who advise airports, local governments, and booster groups on such matters.
A New Marketplace: Health Care Exchange Enrollment Outreach Efforts are Ramping Up
Published 8/7/2013 at 10:44 a.m. 1 comment
Ready or not, the online insurance Exchange that is an “Obamacare” mainstay for making health care accessible and affordable to the uninsured will be opening for business very soon.
Dear Bill: An Open Letter to Gov. Bill Haslam
Published 7/24/2013 at 10:37 a.m. 2 comments
Your health care plan “would include co-pays for those that can afford to pay something, so the user has some skin in the game when it comes to health care incentives,” you told the state Legislature when unveiling it in ...
Losing Pace: A Track Coach Change is Needed at UT
Published 7/10/2013 at 10:42 a.m. 0 comments
However, after Clark assumed the combined helm, the women’s team began to decline, and the men’s team went from bad to worse.
Budget Maneuvers: City Pension Woes Keep Mounting
Published 6/5/2013 at 12:53 p.m. 0 comments
Going on two years ago, the City of Knoxville’s Pension Board concluded that the 8 percent annual investment return on which its pension funding had been predicated was too high—contributing to a $127 million unfunded liability.
Next Big Step: The Quest for Downtown Growth Room
Published 5/29/2013 at 11:17 a.m. 0 comments
But just as the city’s rapid growth in the late 19th century led to annexations in all directions, so may downtown’s 21st century resurgence beget extensions of its footprint.
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