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Disparities in Educational Outcomes Task Force

In November 2014, Dr. Jim McIntyre, Superintendent of the Knox County Schools, took steps to create the Disparities in Educational Outcomes Task Force, a group of business, community and faith-based stakeholders, to recommend strategies to address disproportions in academic achievement and discipline outcomes in the Knox County Schools that might be correlated with income, race, language and/or disability. In December 2015, the Superintendent and the members of the DEO Task Force invited students, families, educators, and community members to participate in a community meeting to share options, triumphs, and challenges with regard to their observations and personal experiences with disparities in discipline and education. The recommendations presented by the DEO Task Force at a community meeting in April 2016 were drafted using the input, suggestions, and opinions of those who attended that meeting.
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Task Force Members

Charme Allen
District Attorney, Knox County
Pastor Daryl Arnold
Overcoming Believers Church
Tomma Battle
Parent Representative
Susan Benner
Associate Dean of the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences, University of Tennessee 
Adolphus Brown
Coldwell Banker
Terry Brown
Knox County Juvenile Court
Reverend John Butler
Clinton Chapel AME Zion Church
Andre Canty
Highlander Research and Education Center
Michelle Casini
World Languages teacher, Powell High School
Vrondelia "Ronni" Chandler
Executive Director, Project GRAD Knoxville
Tanya Coats
Curriculum Specialist, Farragut Intermediate School
Kim Wilburn-Cullom
Principal, Maynard Elementary
Dr. Clifford Davis
Chief of Staff, Knox County Schools
Rabbi Alon Ferency
Heska Amuna Synagogue
Rita Geier
University of Tennessee, Howard Baker Center for Public Policy, Retired
Coral Getino
Parent Representative
Chad Hensley
English teacher, South-Doyle High School
Judge Tim Irwin
Knox County Juvenile Court
Jimmy “J.J.” Jones
Sheriff, Knox County Sheriff’s Office
Kamau Kenyatta
Teacher, Social Studies teacher, Vine Middle Magnet School
Nathan Langlois
Principal, Austin-East Magnet High School
Rosa Mar
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of East Tennessee, Chief Executive Officer
Melissa Massie
Director of Student Support Services, Knox County Schools 
Phyllis Nichols
President, Knoxville Area Urban League
Randy Nichols
Knox County Sheriff’s Office
David Rausch
Chief, Knoxville Police Department
Amber Rountree
Knox County Board of Education, District 9
Mark Stephens
Knox County Public Defender
Thomas “Tank” Strickland
Community Relations/Special Assistant to Mayor, City of Knoxville
Rosalyn Tillman
Dean/Magnolia Campus, Pellissippi State Community College
Cindy White
Principal, Vine Middle Magnet School

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Tammi Campbell  
Tammi Campbell
Andrew Johnson Building
Suite 107-A
(865) 594-1192 Office
(865) 594-2842 Fax
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Sue Ownby
Parent Liaison and Ombudsman
Andrew Johnson Building
Suite 903-A
(865) 594-1538

December 2015 Community Forum