Charter Questions and Answers

Ted and Kelly Alling of PREP Public Schools speak at the April 3, 2023, Knox County school board meeting.

Ahead of their first charter school vote in nearly a decade, Knox County school board members press Knoxville Prep leaders about their plans.

Retaining Control

Classroom chairs

A bill with major Republican support would modify the third-grade retention law but still threaten many students with being held back.

Playgrounds and Policies

Digital rendering of playground equipment including a slide and a climbing dome

Knox County Schools is building new playgrounds for two schools, but most still have to raise their own funds for equipment.

Sending Messages

Kristi Kristy and Betsy Henderson at the Jan. 12 school board meeting.

The school board approves a custodial contract and a set of legislative priorities, both with some sharp divides.

Broom Brigade

Photo of a person using a wetvac to clean a floor.

Facing a chronic custodian shortage, Knox County Schools aims to hire $1 million worth of outside help. But what’s the long-term solution?