Some Knox teachers plan to voice concern with district

Some Knox County teachers say they are frustrated with the way they're being treated.

So, Wednesday night they plan to let their voices be heard.

State Representative Gloria Johnson is also a Knox County school teacher. She, and about 50 other Knox County faculty members, gathered for a meeting Monday to talk about ways to improve the school district.

Johnson said some of the teachers will be at the Board of Education meeting Wednesday to voice even more of their concerns during a public forum.

"The vast majority of people, the morale is terrible," she said.

Johnson said a video, which has garnered more than 80,000 views on YouTube, has encouraged even more teachers to speak out about their work environment. She told WBIR 10News teachers have a number of issues right now.

Johnson said they are at odds with unannounced observations in their classrooms, their evaluation system and what she calls excessive standardized testing.

"It just seems like one more thing on the stack," she said. "They took away our seat at the table, they took away our tenure, we're treated less and less and less like a professional."

Johnson said teachers simply want district leaders to focus on other aspects of education, like reducing class size and providing teachers with more professional support.

WBIR 10News also spoke to Knox County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre Tuesday about the upcoming Board of Education meeting.

He said he did not want to comment on something that has not happened yet.


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