How It Works: Knox County Schools

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How It Works: Knox County Schools

From Five Points to Farragut and Halls to Bonny Kate, the public schools touch every corner of Knox County

by jesse fox mayshark • september 4, 2018

This story is a part of a Special Report. Read the rest here.

The Tennessee state constitution doesn’t say a lot about education, beyond promising it: “The General Assembly shall provide for the maintenance, support and eligibility standards of a system of free public schools.” The form that takes is detailed in state law, which designates education as a responsibility of county governments.
Municipalities are allowed to create their own school systems if they want, and to levy taxes to support them. Several smaller cities in East Tennessee do that: Nearby examples include Maryville, Oak Ridge, and Alcoa. Knoxville had a separate city school system for d...

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