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The fight over education reform is still going strong in East Tennessee's largest school district.

Wednesday night, more than 100 teachers, students and parents gathered at the City County Building downtown to voice their concerns with state and district mandates they say are plaguing Knox County Schools.

This all comes before an important vote on Monday when school board members will decided whether to extend Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre's contract through the year 2017.

Some speakers felt he does not have teaching experience needed to lead the district.

"If you're solely looking at the kids as data and you've been out of the classroom for 20 years, you're missing the whole point of teaching," said school librarian Amber Rountree.

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But, McIntyre defended his classroom teaching experience.

"I do have one year of classroom teaching experience, but that one year was an incredibly important formative experience in my professional life," he said.

McIntyre added that he believes he has done an effective job as the leader of Knox County Schools.

"We've done a lot of work together over the last six years to improve instruction in the class room and to provide our students with a great education," he said "I'd like to be here for many years to come and so I am going to ask the board of education to extend my contract."

But, that argument is still not enough to win over everyone, including West High School senior Thomas Mitchell.

"In kindergarten we got a yellow card if we weren't listening," he told McIntyre. "You're not listening to us Mr. Superintendent and tonight I have a yellow card for you too."

Board Chair Lynn Fugate says she soon plans to convene a group that will further examine teachers' concerns. The group will consist of her, McIntyre, Knox County Education Association President Tonya Coats and teachers.

Fugate told WBIR10News the group will look at a number of issues including teacher evaluations. Fugate said there are varying opinions among teachers as to how the system should be handled.

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