The work of longtime education and civil rights advocate Dr. Kriner Cash is highlighted.
This episode of The Drexel InterView highlights the work of longtime education and civil rights advocate, Dr. Kriner Cash. Kriner Cash served as Superintendent of Memphis City Schools from 2008 through early 2013. At the time of this interview, Tennessee's largest school district faced a controversial redistricting of funding resources by the Shelby County Board of Education. This monumental end to Memphis City Schools' enduring charter stirred up much debate within the educational sector and beyond, as featured in The New York Times and other media outlets. Cash shares his experience and insight regarding this issue and the state of urban and public school education in general-a subject he considers one of the foremost civil rights issues. Having grown up in a home environment founded on intellectual exploration and inquiry, he expresses his belief in the possibilities of achievement for all youth, given tough love, equal access, and positive reinforcement. He believes this combination can overcome the socioeconomic challenges of urban school systems like that of Memphis.