You know, sometimes the news is just really depressing and that's the way I felt when I heard this story. Memphis City Schools Superintendent Kriner Cash can't get the board to sign off on his summer reading program.
The school district is eligible for $275,000 in federal funds to pay for the program, and the money goes away at the end of the summer if the school district doesn't use it. Even so, the school board members are refusing to approve the program, primarily because they don't think the parents will help their children participate in it.
One school board member was quoted as saying that "because of the caliber of parents we will be dealing with, maybe we could offer some kind of incentive for parents." In other words, bribe the parents to do the right thing for their children.
I certainly don't fault the school board members for speaking candidly about the enormity of this problem, and I support Dr. Cash as he tries to come up with a new reading program plan that will work, but as I said before, sometimes the news is just really depressing.
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