Robert Boyd

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Robert Boyd
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Former candidate for
Board Member, Knox Board of Education, District 1
Elections and appointments
Last electionMay 6, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Associate'sQueens College City University of New York
Bachelor'sQueens College City University of New York
Master'sColumbia University
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Robert Boyd was a candidate for District 1 on the Knox County school board in Tennessee. He lost to incumbent Gloria Deathridge and fellow challenger Marshall Walker in the primary election on May 6, 2014.



See also: Knox County School District elections (2014)


Robert Boyd lost to incumbent Gloria Deathridge and fellow challenger Marshall Walker for election on May 6, 2014 for the District 1 seat. Since no candidate received 50 percent "plus one" of the vote, the top two vote-getters advanced to the general election.[1]


Knox County School District, District 1 Primary Election, 4-year term, May 6, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngGloria Deathridge Incumbent 46.4% 657
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMarshall Walker 27.7% 392
     Nonpartisan Robert Boyd 25.9% 366
Total Votes 1,415
Source:, "Election results," May 22, 2014 These results are official.


Boyd did not report any campaign contributions or expenditures to the Knox County Clerk by the April 29 pre-election deadline.[2]


Boyd did not receive an endorsement in this election.

What was at stake?

Issues in the district

TEA vs. Knox County Board of Education lawsuit

In March 2014, the Tennessee Education Association (TEA) filed a lawsuit against the Knox County Board of Education, citing that the system "[unconstitutionally used] Tennessee Value Added Assessment System (TVAAS) estimates in high-stakes bonus decisions." The investigation focuses on Knox County teacher Lisa Trout, who they say was unjustly denied a bonus as a result of the ambiguous TVAAS system. The TEA maintains that the TVAAS estimates are misleading, being that they only use a small segment of student test scores to determine teacher effectiveness. According to the TEA, the issue with Trout only echo a larger fundamental problem affecting teachers across the state. The Knox County Board of Education has not commented on the investigation thus far.[3]

Smart Spending grant

In July 2013, Knox County School District received a $1.2 million "Smart Spending" grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The goal of the grant is to provide assistance to district officials in "[better aligning] its financial resources and the schools' educational mission." The district received $850,000 from the foundation and the remainder from the Great Schools Partnership. Knox County School District was one of only four school districts in the U.S. to receive such a grant.[4]

About the district

See also: Knox County School District, Tennessee
Knox County School District is located in Knox, Tennessee
Knox County School District is located in Knox County, Tennessee. Knox County is home to 432,226 residents according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[5] Knox County School District is the third-largest school district in Tennessee, serving 58,639 students during the 2011-12 school year.[6]


Knox County overperformed in comparison to the rest of Tennessee in terms of higher education achievement, median household income and poverty rate. The United States Census Bureau found that 34.3% of Knox County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 23.5% for Tennessee as a whole. The median household income in Knox County was $47,270 compared to $44,140 for the state of Tennessee. The poverty rate in Knox County was 14.2% compared to 17.3% for the entire state.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2010[5]
Race Knox County (%) Tennessee (%)
White 86.5 79.3
Black or African American 9.1 17.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.4
Asian 2.1 1.6
Two or More Races 1.9 1.6
Hispanic or Latino 3.8 4.8

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[7][8]

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