Knox County Superintendent spells out State of the Schools

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) Knox County Schools Superintendent Doctor Jim McIntyre laid out his State of the Schools address, Tuesday evening.

Dr. McIntyre said he is happy with the implementation of his strategic plan so far, and looks forward to staying aggressive in implementing the next five year strategic plan.

Dr. McIntyre admitted that the changes he has, and continues to propose, are radical, but they will pay off to be rewarding.

He also said Knox County Schools are seeing unprecedented academic achievement levels, and recently received all A's on the state report card.

"That's the first time that has ever happened," McIntyre said.

Dr. McIntyre also said he will work toward increasing teacher's salary, since Knox County teachers are currently 35th in the state for pay.

Halls Elementary school teacher, Amber Roundtree says that may sound good, but she isn't convinced it's necessary.

""My concern is, will it be tied to merit pay? I think that's also something we've heard over and over again from our educators, because we don't want merit pay. And there's really no scientific research that shows that merit pay makes a better teacher," Roundtree said.

Dr. McIntyre also addressed the need to close the achievement gap between races and income levels, as well as creating an individualized instruction plan for every student.

You can read more of some of the changes Dr. McIntyre would like to implement, as well as his action steps by clicking on the link.

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