State School Superintendent Resigns

Alabama school superintendent Michael Sentance has resigned, after a little more than a year on the job.    Sentance had clashed with members of the state school board over the Montgomery school system takeover, and other issues.  The board was expected to fire Sentance on Thursday. The board in July gave Sentance poor marks in an evaluation, but Sentance supporters charged the process was tainted by politics.  "I am humbled and appreciative of the opportunity to serve as state superintendent in Alabama," Sentance said in a statement.   "There are many good things happening in public education in this state.  My hope is that Alabama makes educating all children the state's highest priority, allowing the state to make significant educational gains and truly becoming the jewel of the south that it has the ability to become," the statement said.    Gov. Kay Ivey thanked Sentance for his service and wished him well.   "Over the past two years, Alabama has experienced far too many changes in state government," Ivey said in a statement.  "As with previous changes in leadership positions, we will use the pending resignation of the state superintendent as an opportunity to move forward and begin a new chapter in public education."


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