|Former candidate for|
|Board Member, Knox Board of Education, District 6|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||May 6, 2014|
|Profession||Former accountant, community volunteer|
- 1 Elections
- 2 What was at stake?
- 3 About the district
- 4 Recent news
- 5 See also
- 6 External links
- 7 References
Tamara Shepherd is running against fellow challengers Bradley Buchanan, Terry Hill and Sandra Rowcliffe for election on May 6, 2014 for the District 6 seat. Since no candidate received 50 percent "plus one" of the vote, Hill and Rowcliffe advanced to the general election. Hill defeated Rowcliffe in that race.
|Knox County School District, District 6 Primary Election, 4-year term, May 6, 2014|
|Source: WADE.com, "Election results," May 22, 2014 These election results are unofficial. These results are official.|
Shepherd reported $3,889.10 in contributions and $945.41 in expenditures to the Knox County Clerk, leaving her campaign with $2,943.69 on hand as of April 29, 2014.
Shepherd 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.
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.
About the district
- See also: Knox County School District, Tennessee
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.
|Racial Demographics, 2010|
|Race||Knox County (%)||Tennessee (%)|
|Black or African American||9.1||17.0|
|American Indian and Alaska Native||0.4||0.4|
|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, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.
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- Knox County Clerk, "Financial Disclosures," accessed May 6, 2014
- WBIR, "Knox Co. Schools sued over use of teacher test scores," March 10, 2014
- WBIR, "Knox Co. Schools receives $1.2M grant from Gates Foundation," July 8, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Knox County, Tennessee," accessed May 6, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed April 15, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
|2014 Knox County School District Elections|
|Knox County, Tennessee|
|Election date:||August 7, 2014|
|Candidates:||District 1: Robert Boyd • Incumbent, Gloria Deathridge • Marshall Walker |
District 9: Amber Rountree • Incumbent, Pam Trainor
|Important information:||What's at stake? • Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|