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Sentance resigns as State Superintendent of Education

Sentance resigns as State Superintendent of Education”

Embattled Alabama superintendent Michael Sentance resigned this morning.

Governor Kay Ivey's Office has confirmed that State Superintendent Michael Sentance submitted his resignation to her office. AEA is also alleging uncontrolled spending that has reduced funding for student needs and "multiple actions and proposed actions taken against MPS employees". With less than a full year under his belt as the State Superintendent, he found himself on the firing line in July as the Alabama Board of Education began to question his performance. It is unfortunate that this process has resulted in litigation, which will be a distraction from the goal of improving student achievement.

Sentance, who oversaw almost 900 employees at the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE), was given a performance review by the state Board of Education in July, where in received low marks.

On Tuesday, Marrianne Hayward, president of the Jefferson County affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers, told our sister station WBRC that "Sentence has been on the job for a year now and his tenure has been a dismal failure". Shortly thereafter, Governor Ivey released the following statement.

Sentance's resignation is effective immediately.

Governor Ivey said in her statement, "Over the past two years, Alabama has experienced far too many changes in state government".

The state board of education must find a new leader, but until it reaches a consensus among its own membership concerning the direction it hopes to pursue, any future superintendent will be hamstrung as well. The Department of Education said plans for his successor could be discussed at Thursday's regularly scheduled State Board of Education meeting. He has served as Assistant Attorney General; Director of the Governor's Legislative Office - all in the Commonwealth of MA.



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