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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, Vine Middle School

Missy Massie
Executive Director of Student Support Services, Knox County Schools

Jeannie Dulaney
Director of Community Relations, Knox County Schools

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