Memphis pastors meet with MCS superintendent

By Anna Marie Hartman - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Some of the most powerful pastors in Memphis held a meeting with Memphis City Schools Superintendent Dr. Kriner Cash Thursday.

Members of the Memphis faith-based community are teaming up with Memphis City Schools in a partnership Cash said has been missing in the past.

"The focus around children seems to be the thing that everyone can agree on," Cash said.

Representatives from churches around the city met with Cash Thursday to discuss how they can help him help students get a quality education in a safe environment.  They will officially launch their strategies next month at a rally they are calling "All About the Children."

Bishop Brandon Porter with Greater Community Temple said students, parents and teachers need to be involved.

"Our students certainly need to be appreciated," Porter said.  "Parental empowerment, community involvement, and then, of course, teacher appreciation and student achievement."

Cash said he needs the churches to provide mentoring, guidance and other types of support so when children get to class, they are ready to learn.

"Some of the students have their pants on their behind, nothing on their mind, and don't have a dime," Cash said.

Cash has an advantage with the faith-based community behind him.  The pastors have the power to reach thousands of children in the community and steer them in the right direction.

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