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Former senator uses MCS as model

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Former Senator Bill Frist came to Memphis Wednesday, looking to city schools for ideas on how to improve education for children across Tennessee.

Frist's collaboration is with the Memphis City Schools, and the new and innovative ideas being initiated by Superintendent Kriner Cash.
Using charts and graphs, Cash told Kiwanis Club members Wednesday about literacy, health and other challenges Memphis students face, and how those issues distract from education and learning.

"Too many children will come to kindergarten, 8,000 per year approximately, who will not have hade any pre-K enrichment or experience," Cash said.

Cash's educational goals have attracted the interest Frist.

Frist recently launched the SCORE program, which has assembled some of the best political and educational minds in the state to work together to improve education in Tennessee.

Frist told the audience that Memphis City Schools is becoming a model for the entire state.

"There is good stuff going on around the state," he said. "I just mentioned what Memphis is doing, and we're copying Memphis in Nashville, in bringing some of these innovative programs in."

Frist also met with school board members Wednesday to discuss how he wants his SCORE program to adopt Memphis educational ideas.  Thursday, he will spend one on one time with Superintendent Cash.

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