Public School Policy Changes Due to New State Laws

There have been a lot of questions regarding numerous policy changes being made in our school districts right now. Many of these are due to changes in state law. To answer some of the questions I have been getting, I will have several posts coming, to explain each policy change and give you the full

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Quarantine Exemption Guidelines

A letter sent to the Board of Education members this morning may help community members understand why our local legislators’ push-back against face masks and our governor’s “opt out” order have created more than just chaos. They have created a situation that is causing students and teachers to become ill, isolate, and miss

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KCS Administration Refuses to Follow Board Vote

When a Superintendent presents an opening plan to a school board for a vote of adoption, one would expect the Superintendent and his administrative staff to also support that plan. This has not been the case in Knox County Schools. Not only has the plan been changed (without a Board vote) multiple times, but members

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THANK YOU!

I am very humbled by the outpouring of support that continued through my fist term and into the campaign for a second term.

As the world changes, we must remain steadfast in our resolve to support students in our public schools and to reject attempts to divert our public tax dollars to private institutions. As

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Letter to my Neighbors 2020

Dear Neighbor Letter 2020

Campaign Kickoff 2020!

Please join the Owen4Schools Team

for a

Campaign Kick-off Reception/Meet & Greet

this Saturday afternoon, January 11th

from 2-4pm

at the

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Questions on Release Time Policy III - Draft Policy for Dec 4

The following is the draft “Released Time” policy, with questions interspersed. The policy language is in black text and the questions are in blue text. I will post answers in green text as soon as they are given.

* A new version of this policy was sent

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Questions on a Released Time Policy II - Teacher Perspective

There have been many questions regarding a potential policy for KCS to allow “released time for religious moral instruction.” This is part II in a series of posts to consider those questions.

 

What are teachers saying about the possibility of the Knox County Board of Education adopting a “released time” policy?

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Questions on Released Time Policy

There have been many questions regarding a potential policy for KCS to allow “released time for religious moral instruction.” Some of those questions will be covered in this and subsequent posts. If you have other questions, please post them in the comments or email your Knox County Board of Education members.

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Knox County BOE Considers Release Time

There is some confusion regarding the Knox County Board of Education’s consideration of a “Released Time” policy.

This is a policy discussion – NOT a discussion regarding the merits of a program. Once the policy is in place, ANY program can take time from instruction at ANY Knox County school. The Board of Education cannot

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