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Tennessee report gives good news to Shelby Co., bad news to Memphis City Schools

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - It was report card time Tuesday for Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools, but only one of those districts had something to brag about.

Memphis City Schools Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash said Tuesday he is not pleased with the district's 2009 report card.

"We know this is not where we wanna be," he said. "But it's now where we need to start."

The report card is a comprehensive summary of performance for every school district for the 2008-2009 school year.  Memphis City Schools received D's and F's in academic achievement.

Cash said the district's scores tend to be lower than other districts because the students have more challenges.

"We don't have students accountable for taking books home...doing homework...completing homework," he said. "That's where I want the emphasis."

When compared to Shelby County Schools, Memphis City Schools got D's in Reading and Math, and F's in Science and Social Studies, while Shelby County got all A's in these subject areas for the fourth year in a row.

"We're extremely proud of this accomplishment," Shelby County Schools Superintendent John Aitken said.

Aitken added that a lot of hard work went into making it happen.

"It doesn't happen without the entire group: parents, hardworking students, outstanding teachers and administrators," he said.

Meanwhile, Cash said Memphis City Schools must implement initiatives to help students achieve success.  Cash said he would call on parents, teachers and community leaders to join forces to help academic achievement in the classroom.

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