Swing-Set Economics

Playground with plastic slides

Knox County leaves it up to local communities to fund school playgrounds, with the result that some of the poorest areas have the worst equipment.

Virtual Vols and Digital Devils

UT's Ayres Hall and ASU's Trumbull Library

UT-Knoxville intends to team up with Arizona State University to power a major expansion of its online academic programs.

Retention Rate

Lissa McLeod

A state law could lead to more than 2,500 Knox County third-graders being held back because of a single reading score.

Different Approach to Disparities

Knox County Schools administrator Brian Hartsell speaking in an auditorium at a meeting about racial disparities

Superintendent Jon Rysewyk is moving away from an eight-year effort to measure racial and economic gaps — but he says they remain priorities.

Emerald’s Experience

Students in a math class at Emerald Academy

As more organizations look to start charter schools in Knox County, we take a look inside the only one currently operating.

Expanded Expansion

Haslam College Expansion

UT will double the size and cost of a new building planned for the Haslam College of Business to accommodate student and faculty growth.

Charter Preparation

Elizbath Fiveash standing at lectern addressing school board

Ahead of expected applications to open new schools, the Board of Education gets a refresher on how to handle them.

New School Board Makes Its Mark

Pictures of all nine members of the school board at the Oct. 5 meeting.

In split votes, the board’s Republican majority pulls out of an association with other large districts and drops discipline disparities from the superintendent’s evaluation.