Plenty set to go down today in the City County Building.
- The teacher survey and Knox County Schools teacher working group will get time before the school board at 5 p.m. – expect this to possibly go one of two ways: 1) civil discourse, or 2) angry charges. A lot of this will depend on how much comment comes from the school board members vs. the teachers who are certain to appear for the public comment section and what takes more weight.
- The “teacher’s revolt” discussion before Knox County Commission. We’ve written about this too, here. They’ll also look at a PILOT for the historic Knoxville High School redevelopment project, a consent item for security cameras in schools and whatever else happens to come before commission today. People elsewhere in town are interested in this matter, the “revolt.”
Here’s a little what to watch for:
Whether the schools comes with suggestions for policy change or if the teacher working group is intended to be a sounding board.
If there is a more cohesive, coalesced message from the distraught teachers who want changes in how they are managed/directed/must answer to changes.
How much voice and weight teacher opinions are given by the elected decision-makers vs. what voters are saying …
… which will be determined at the polls later this year. Also, keep in mind that the political jockeying is underway by some who have announced their intent to run for various seats on elected office, including the school board. Some may take the teacher frustration as their platform for office. If they wind up getting elected, their follow-through should be monitored – which is one of the jobs that we do.