Cultural Training Divides School Board

Responses from teachers

Cultural Training Divides School Board

A contract renewal comes with caveats after some teachers report negative experiences.

by jesse fox mayshark • november 16, 2018

sample knox county teacher comments about cultural competency training. (source: knox county schools)

A vote to renew a contract for mandatory cultural training for all Knox County Schools employees turned into a bit of a culture clash of its own Wednesday night, between concerned school board members and the University of Tennessee academics who run the program.
A UT training program draws both praise and scrutiny.
“I have heard from more teachers on this subject this school year than any other subject that we’ve had,” said board Vice Chair Susan Horn, who opposed extending the contract.
The board ultimately voted 6-3 to approve $170,000 for the seco...

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