MCS superintendent disputes Commercial Appeal report

By Anna Marie Hartman - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A newspaper report that the state could take over eight Memphis City Schools has the district's superintendent upset.

At a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Memphis City Schools Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash disputed the story in Thursday's edition of Commercial Appeal, saying it is premature to name any schools that could be turned over to the state.

The Tennessee Department of Education wants to put the plan in place by the fall of this year.  

Cash has requested a one year delay because, he said, brand new testing this spring could dramatically change the data that identifies a low performing school.

"We are in the conversation about whatever these schools ultimately would be, and we want to retain as much control and working authority over these schools as possible," Cash said. "We recommend that strongly."

Cash supports the state's attempt to receive these federal education dollars, but the state doesn't have the money yet, and a lot could happen between now and then.

Cash said he's come up with a plan that may get historically low performing schools off that list before the state has to step in.

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