Disparities in Educational Outcomes Task Force

  • In November 2014, 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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Steering Committee Members

  • The Disparities in Educational Outcomes’ Steering Committee is made up of members of the original Task Force as well as other community, governmental and educational leaders. Its charge is to:

    • Review progress, discuss issues and refine efforts
    • Identify and include additional stakeholder perspectives and expertise to include subcommittee working groups
    • Evaluate outcomes and ensure public accountability and transparency
    • Regularly solicit input from the community, follow up on concerns and communicate frequently with Knox County Schools leadership to address issues.
    Current Members

    Andre Canty – Co-chair
    Highlander Research and Education Center

    Jered Croom – Co-chair
    Parent Representative

    Bob Thomas
    Superintendent, Knox County Schools

    Hon. Charme Allen
    Knox County District Attorney General

    Chania Arnold
    Student Representative, Knox County Schools

    Tomma Battle
    Parent Representative

    Christian Blair
    Student Representative, Knox County Schools

    Terry Brown
    Knox County Juvenile Court

    Rev. John Butler
    Clinton Chapel AME Zion Church

    Emma Cosigua
    Parent Representative

    Coral Getino
    Parent Representative

    Alex Lundy
    Student Representative, Knox County Schools

    Rosa Mar
    CEO, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

    Phyllis Nichols
    President, Knoxville Area Urban League

    Randy Nichols
    Knox County Sheriff Department

    Angela Patrick
    Teacher, Belle Morris Elementary School

    David Rausch
    Chief, Knoxville Police Department

    Bryson Rosser
    Teacher, Central High School

    Mark Stephens
    Knox County Public Defender Office

    Rosalyn Tillman
    Dean, Pellissippi State Community College

    Juan Villegas
    Student Representative, Knox County Schools

    Cindy White
    Principal, Gibbs Middle School


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