NAACP calls for public hearings on BOE plan

Sandra ClarkFeature, Inside 640

The Knoxville Branch NAACP is calling on the Knox County Board of Education to hold public hearings before adopting its draft strategic plan, developed as a road map for the 2018-21 school years.

The board released the plan in late June. It was drafted after a public meeting in each school board district earlier this year. But the NAACP has concerns and, in a press release, said citizens will be even more interested in the plan now that a draft is available.

Concerns cited include:

  • The plan does not address the need for additional school social workers, counselors and psychologists; smaller classes; or additional advanced placement classes in high-minority schools.
  • It describes an excessive role for law enforcement in school discipline.
  • It would move the district’s disparity efforts backwards by setting goals for out-of-school suspensions that are even higher than the current rates.
  • It sets too modest goals for numbers of minority teachers and for retention of minority teachers.
  • It does not address the loss of teachers to other school districts or the Board’s commitment to raise teacher pay.

Info or discussion: the Rev. Dr. John A. Butler, 865-617-2603 or

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