There's a lot of hubbub about the assorted bills in Nashville aimed at restricting teachers' bargaining rights, tenure rights, science curricula, and who-knows-what-else. (Are they still allowed to park in the school lots?) But it has all tended to drown out the changes that were already made last year in teacher evaluation and pay under former Gov. Phil Bredesen's First to the Top act. Among those were allowances for greater flexibility in "strategic compensation"—i.e., ways to pay teachers more for better classroom performance. Knox County Schools Superintendent Jim McIntyre will lead a public forum on that topic at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23, at Fulton High School.
Parents and other community members are invited to come offer their own thoughts on the subject, either in person or via Twitter—McIntyre will be responding to tweets throughout the presentation. The forum will be streamed live on knoxschools.org and also broadcast on Comcast cable channel 10.