The Tennessee Virtual Academy, an online school for grades K-8 administered by Union County Public Schools, is enrolling for the upcoming school year. UCPS Director of Schools Dr. Jimmy Carter said he received permission to open enrollment from Dr. Candice McQueen, state commissioner of education.
New enrollment had been suspended for two years after former Commissioner Kevin Huffman attempted to close the school.
Dr. Jimmy Carter and a team of teachers have devised a plan for performance pay that meets state requirements and makes sense. Carter unveiled his plan at the Feb. 20 school board meeting.
Unlike the turmoil we’ve seen in Knox County, the local plan should find smooth sailing with the Board of Education and with educators themselves. After all, it’s hard to argue with more pay for more work. And it’s easy to see how tutoring kids and mentoring teachers can improve academic performance.