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Happy KCS Teachers Start "Educators for Excellence," Lack Basic Grammar

We suppose it was bound to happen -- after months of a group of Knox County Schools teachers and staff speaking out against problems they have with the administration, last night we saw this tweet: 

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So this morning we clicked over to the Facebook group, entitled "Educators for Excellence." And if you think KCS is doing a great job and Superintendent Jim McIntyre is doing a great job, then golly gee, this is the Facebook group for you!


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Yes, that's an actual post in the group, although most of them are more like this:


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The group is already up to 570 people since Lorie Collier, an assistant principal at West Haven Elementary, created it yesterday. 


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Not bad, considering SPEAK, the Facebook group and organization of activists like state Rep. Gloria Johnson and soon-to-be KCS board member Amber Rountree, currently has 1,494 members after several months of existence -- although each one of those members must be approved, and sometimes people have been turned down. Like Sandra Rowcliffe, the 6th District candidate for school board. But now, it seems, she's found her fellow compatriots:


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We're not kidding about the compatriots part. You might notice that Rowcliffe's post isn't exactly grammatically correct. Well, shortly after she started the group, Collier posted this:


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We can forgive Rowcliffe her grammatical error, but if you're working with elementary school kids and don't know the difference between "breathe" and "breath"? You are not inspiring confidence in the school system. Nor is this teacher:


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Even worse, however, is this tweet from Shelton-Lowe, who's the principal at Dogwood Elementary:


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That picture is of the Korean War Veterans Memorial in D.C., not the World War II memorial. I know because I've been there -- with my mother, whose father is still missing in action from Korea. It's a beautiful and affecting memorial. For an educator to not even know what she was taking children on a field trip to? Embarrassing, horrifying, and infuriating.

You go on being positive, Educators for Excellence. We like positivity, seriously, we really do. But if you want to convince us that KCS really is excellent and really doesn't have problems, despite a systemwide survey that points to the contrary, maybe you should use this summer for some remedial education first.


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