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Cash speaks to Memphis Rotary Club about future of city schools

Kriner Cash made his first speech to Memphis Rotary Club Tuesday afternoon, giving many business leaders their first look at the future of Memphis City Schools.

Superintendent Kriner Cash had a clear message for the Rotary club when he shared his motto for the future:

"It's called 'team work makes the dream work,' and the principals added to that 'know your role,'" Cash said.

Cash invited business leaders to donate their expertise to the school district, sharing ideas on how school operations could run more efficiently. He also issued "a plea" regarding the Memphis school funding controversy.

"We need to stop the arguing stop the fussing (and) get on the same page," he said. "Get on it now. Get on it today, and say we are going to fund the schools but we are going to hold the schools accountable for that expenditure."

Cash took aim at student discipline problems, too.  He said some 25,000 students in Memphis City Schools have repeated the same grade, and having over-age students around is causing some of the trouble.
 
"So retention overage for grades, suspensions, expulsions and truancy, they work together to create a population that is really the issue in our schools," Cash said.

Cash said there will be zero tolerance when it comes to the dress code. He also said if your child brings a cell phone to school, be prepared to have it taken away.

To improve student achievement, Cash wants to hire college students to tutor high school students. 

"But what I say to you is this won't be about luck. This is going to be about a play that's got to work. It has to work," Cash said.  

During the question and answer period, Kriner Cash said the district has too many administrators. He talked about a proposal to make about 142 cuts.


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