‘I Love Solving Problems’

Jon Rysewyk at UT Tower

Jon Rysewyk takes over as superintendent of Knox County Schools tomorrow. A few consistent themes in his career suggest how he’ll approach the job.

Higher Ed Pipeline Slows

The proportion of Tennessee high school graduates going directly to college is dropping. Education leaders are looking to reverse the trend.

Equity Quest

Nathan Langlois, Knox County Schools.

After eight years, Knox County Schools struggles to narrow racial and economic disparities.

Rysewyk Gets Faster Start

Jon Rysewyk and Renee Kelly

The school board approves a $240,000-a-year contract for its new superintendent, with a possible bonus and an accelerated timeline.

Making Their Cases

Linda Cash and Jon Rysewyk

At a public forum and interviews with the school board, superintendent finalists Jon Rysewyk and Linda Cash drew on their experiences to illustrate their visions.

Then There Were Two


The field of candidates for Knox County Schools superintendent has narrowed to a familiar face and a recruited out-of-towner.

Finalists and Frustrations

Linda Cash, Jon Rysewyk, Kirk Shrum

The school board names three superintendent candidates, while searching for a way out of its court-ordered mask mandate.

Stuck at 3rd?

School desks

Only about 40 percent of Knox County 3rd graders typically read at grade level. A new state law could hold the rest of them back.