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.

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.

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.

Making Early Connections

Panel on stage at early childhood symposium

Brain science illustrates the importance of the first few years of a child’s life. Experts are seeking ways to promote healthy development.

No ‘Quick Fix’

Superintendent Jon Rysewyk at a lectern in front of Copper Ridge Elementary School

With Knox County Schools scoring in the state’s lowest category this year, Superintendent Jon Rysewyk promises hard work and community engagement.

‘Recruit, Respect, Retain’

Jill Biden

First Lady Jill Biden visits Knox County Schools to tout Tennessee’s ‘Grow Your Own’ approach to teacher preparation.

Prepping a Charter School

Teacher helping a student in a classroom at Chattanooga Prep.

An event Saturday will give Knox County families their first look at the planned all-boys Knoxville Preparatory School.