Something of a learning curve

Emerald Academy in Knoxville, TN. Mercury cover photo by Clay Duda.Emerald Academy is Knoxville’s first charter school, one aimed at giving a boost to inner-city kids stuck in underperforming schools. It may be too soon to say conclusively whether this new model of schooling is proving effective, but as the school starts its second year of classes reporter S. Heather Duncan takes a critical look at its first year and how it stacks up. I tag along to capture inquisitive young minds as school gets back in session. Despite a few hiccups, many parents say they’re happy with Emerald’s rigorous and individualized teaching approach — but Emerald’s discipline has not set well with all families.

>> Read Duncan’s story
>> Photos: Inside Emerald Academy (e-edition)



Clay Duda is a freelance journalist specializing in investigative reporting, feature writing, editorial photography, and digital media.